London: Tallis, John, 1851.
Map. Steel engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 10.5" x 13".
This appealing map of Jamaica was published by John Tallis' "Illustrated Atlas" in 1851. Several important towns, cities are noted and topography is detailed throughout. The map, typical of Tallis' maps, shows decorative vignettes that amplify the cultural milieu perceived at the time. These include views of Port Royal Harbour, Port Antonio, Kingston, and a Sugar Mill. The whole is surrounded by an ornate border. Below the title, the map features a Seal of the Colony, and a small unlabeled vignette shows a fish seemingly flying above the horizon. The illustrations were drawn by H. Winkles, and engraved W. Lacey. It is in good condition with minor toning to margins, not affecting the image.
John Tallis Jr. (1817-1876) was a London born bookseller who continued the prolific map publishing company started by his father. After a partnership with his brother, Tallis Jr. expanded the business to New York in 1849 as well as Boston, Cincinnati, Rochester, Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is remembered as one of the last decorative map makers, and this lovely map exemplifies his work.
Illustrator: Rapkin, J.