Quarto (375 x 280 mm.), contemporary half calf, cloth boards gilt ruled, gilt ribbed spine with gilt ruled compartments and title. With ornate engraved title, letterpress title, with 78 steel engraved maps all in early outline colour, each accompanied by descriptive text, paginated in a contemporary hand for the use of a manuscript index pasted inside front free endpaper. France with small ink spot, otherwise in good condition.
The ‘Illustrated Atlas’ by John Tallis is probably the most famous British world atlas of the Victorian era and is considered by many the last to be decorated. The ornate maps bear decorative boarders and vignettes with birds, views and peoples. The maps are drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, with the illustrations drawn by J. Marchant, H. Warren, H. Winkles, J.C. Varrall, A.G. Wray amongst others and engraved by James Baylis Allen, J. Rogers etc. The work was edited by R. Montgomery Martin. Provenance: manuscript ownership inscription on the title page of ‘J Parker’. Phillips 822.