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1851 Tallis Western Hemisphere
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"Western Hemisphere"

Published by John Tallis, 1851

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superb reproduction of the original hand-colored steel plate engraving, "Western Hemisphere", was first published by the noted English cartographer, John Tallis, in his Illustrated Atlas and serves as a fine example of mid-19th century pictorial mapmaking. Generally considered to be the last of the great pictorial mapmakers, Tallis's maps are eagerly sought after by collectors.

Originally published 10 years prior to the commencement of the American Civil War, this map illustrates California as a peninsula and what we now know as Alaska is referred to as Russian America. The exquisite vignettes depict the people and animals of the Western Hemisphere which were exotic to the Englishman of the day. Each view represents observations taken in the area of the hemisphere directly across from the pictorial.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.