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1850 Andriveau-Goujon Comparative Chart of World Mountains


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Title:    Tableau comparatif de la forme et de la hauteur des principales montagnes du globe terrestre, dedie a Monsieur le Baron, Alexdre. de Humboldt.

Description:    An exceptionally attractive and unusual 1850 comparative mountains chart by Andriveau-Goujon. A fine mid-century example of the comparative chart convention. Shows many of the world's greatest mountains and volcanoes in proximity to one other such that we can compare and contrast not only their heights, but also their forms. Illustrates eight volcanoes shooting flames into the air. Dhaulagiri, in the Nepali Himalayas is identified as the world's greatest peak. The names and elevations of the various other peaks shown are identified textually to either side of the chart proper. In the lower quadrants of the chart some subterranean distances are shown, most specifically the Mines of Anxin. Title area at the base of the map includes Andriveau-Goujon's dedication of this chart to Alexander von Humboldt, who's early 19th century work inspired the entire comparative geological chart genre. Drawn c. 1850 by Ambroise Tardieu for inclusion as plate 44 in Andriveau-Goujon's Atlas Universal.

Date:    1850 (Undated)

Source:    Andriveau, J. and Goujon, J., Atlas classique et universel de geographie ancienne et moderne, contenant les decouvertes et les divisions les plus nouvelles dans les cinq parties du monde pour servir a la lecture des voyages, des ouvrages historiques et des meilleurs traites de geographie, 1850.

References:    Rumsey 2486.043. Phillips (Atlases) 791-44.

Cartographer:    J. Andriveau and J. Goujon (fl. 1805-94), working collectively as Andriveau-Goujon, were among the most prominent cartographic publishers in 19th century France. Maps by Andriveau-Goujon are often confusing to identify as they can be alternately singed J. Goujon, J. Andriveau, J.Andriveau-Goujon or simply Andriveau-Goujon. They published numerous pocket maps and atlases throughout the 19th century and often worked with other prominent French cartographers of the time such as Brue and Levasseur. Andriveau-Goujon are especially well known for their high quality case and library maps. Click here for a list of rare maps by Andriveau-Goujon.

Cartographer:    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. Click here for a list of maps by the Ambroise Tardieu.

Size:   Printed area measures 17 in height x 22 inches in width (43.18 x 55.88 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Minor verso reinforcement and toning along original centerfold. Else clean.

Code:   Mountains-andriveaugoujon-1850 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

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