Isthmus of Panama'
Antique engraved map by J Rapkin, published by John Tallis. Original outline
hand colour, decorative border, and attractive inset vignette views, 1851
Title of map: 'Isthmus of Panama'
The image below shows an enlarged cross section from the centre of the map to
show the level of printed detail:
The map indicates, in pink, five routes for "proposed railway and canal
communications" connecting the Atlantic/Caribbean & Pacific oceans. Two of the
proposed routes pass through Panama; two through Nicaragua, and one through
present day Venezuela. The Venezuela route connects the Gulf of Darien to the
Pacific mainly using existing rivers. One of the two Panama routes is close to
the existing Panama Canal which was eventually opened in 1914; the other Panama
route connects the Gulf of St Blas to the Bay of Panama utilising Rio Chepo.
The proposed Nicaragua routes both use Lake Nicaragua, the Mosquito River & Rio
San Juan. A Chinese financed inter-oceanic waterway through Nicaragua is
currently planned utilising much of the same route, although little progress
has apparently been made - 165 years after the map was published. Vignettes:
The fort at Chagres; Gold seekers on their way over the cordilleras.
DATE PRINTED: 1851
IMAGE SIZE: Approx 36.5 x 26.5cm, 14.5 x 10.25 inches (Large)
ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; vignette
illustrations drawn by H Warren & engraved by J Wrightson. Published by John
Tallis & Co
PROVENANCE: "Tallis's Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World,
Geographical, Political, Commercial and Statistical", edited by R Montgomery
Martin Esq., published by John Tallis and Company, London & New York [Tallis's
TYPE: Antique engraved map by J Rapkin, published by John Tallis. Original
outline hand colour, decorative border, and attractive inset vignette views
VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Blemish in
margin. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase.
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