1874 (undated) 18.5 x 14.5 in (46.99 x 36.83 cm)
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This is a fine 1874 map of South America by Ambroise Tardieu. It covers the entire continent from the Panama to Cape Horn and from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The Falkland and South Georgia island groups are included. It shows surprisingly accurate detail of the interior of Brazil and the Amazon Basin. Bolivia is shown with an outlet to the Sea and Patagonia as separate from the Argentine Republic and Chile.
Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, islands, mountain passes and an assortment of additional topographical details. The map is color coded according to regional and political boundaries with elevation rendered by hachure. This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu as plate no. 26 and issued in his 1874 edition of Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne.
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.
Alexandre Vuillemin (1812-1880) was a cartographer and an book editor based in Paris, France. Despite a prolific cartographic career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. What is known is that his studied under the prominent French Auguste Henri Dufour (1798-1865). Vuillemin's most important work his detailed, highly decorative large format Atlas Illustre de Geographie Commerciale et Industrielle.
Furne, Jouvet et Cie Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne (Paris), 1874.
Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Original platemark visible. Minor spotting.
Rumsey 4697.030 (1863 edition).