Carte Générale de l'Ile de St. Domingue.
1802 14.5 x 18.5 in (36.83 x 46.99 cm)
A rare and beautiful 1802 map of the West Indies island of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo ( St. Domingue ) by Ambroise Tardieu. This rare and stunning map depicts the island with all of Tardieu's glorious hallmark detail. Roads, topography, cities, and occasional depth soundings are rendered with meticulous care. Map includes the island itself as well as parts of Cuba and Les Caicos ( Cayques ). This map was originally prepared for inclusion in atlas volume of General Comte Mathieu Dumas's 8 volume Precis Des Evenemens Militaires, a history of French military campaigns during the Napoleonic era.
Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841) was a prominent French cartographer and engraver operating in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Tardieu's work is known for its beauty and accuracy as well as for its depth of detail. Tardieu's most important work is his version of John Arrowsmith's large format map of the United States, published in 1806. Ambroise Tardieu is eclipsed in fame by his son, artist and medical scholar, August Ambroise Tardieu. Ambroise Tardieu is also frequently confused with Jean Baptiste Pierre Tardieu, another unrelated French map and print engraver active in the early 19th century.
Very Good condition. Original centerfold. Minor printing error at upper right margin – see photo. Original plate-mark visible. Else clean and beautiful.