This map of Brazil is a Tallis map, identifiable by the scrolling on the borders and the finely-drawn scenes inscribed on the map. John Tallis and Co. was a British mapmaking firm that operated from roughly 1835 to 1860. The map was drawn and engraved by cartographer John Rapkin. Tallis maps were known for their accurate designs and numerous place names and geographical details, as well as for the use of shaded areas to indicate topographical features. The fine craftsmanship of the map can be seen in the color illustrations in the four corners showing “Boats on the Rio Negro” (upper left), “St. Catharina” (upper right), “Monte Video” and “Cape St. Antonio, Bahia” (lower left), and “Rio de Janeiro” (lower right).

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John Tallis & Company, London and New York


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1 map : color ; 31 x 22 centimeters

Last updated: January 8, 2018