John Tallis (1815 - 1876), English publisher of maps. John Tallis and Co published maps and atlases. Most famously Tallis' Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World in 1851. The maps in this atlas were drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, while the surrounding vignettes were drawn by other artists and engravers. The Rapkin map in Tallis is one of the most decorative early NZ maps.