A highly decorative steel engraved map showing Africa east to Australia. Surrounded by an ornate pictorial vignette border of natives and wildlife, including a camel and a giraffe.
John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.
In good condition apart from the line down the middle.