Switzerland map, divided into Cantons by Tallis 1851
Description: Fine antique map of Switzerland, Drawn & Engraved by J. Rapkin.
John Tallis (1838-51) founder of Tallis and Co., London map publishers who traded under various names: L. Tallis, Tallis & co, John Tallis, John Tallis & co. (London & New York) between 1838 and 1851. After 1850-51, their maps were published by the London Printing and Publishing Co., London and New York.
The Illustrated Atlas of the World, with maps and decorative vignette’s engraved and drawn by J. Rapkin, was one of the last atlases to be truly decorated and is therefore highly prized.
Publisher: The London Printing and Publishing Company – Limited. (active circa 1800-1855), Printers and publishers.
In the 16th century, the Old Swiss Confederacy was composed of 13 sovereign cantons, and there were two different kinds: six land (or forest) cantons and seven city (or urban) cantons. Though they were technically part of the Holy Roman Empire, they had become de facto independent when the Swiss defeated Emperor Maximillian in 1499. The six forest cantons were democratic republics, whereas the seven urban cantons were oligarchic republics controlled by noble families.
Size: Sheet app.: 35.5 x 28 cm. 14 x 11 inches. Image app.: 33 x 25 cm. 13 x 9.75 inches. Condition: View overall good, some folds reinforced at verso.