1874 Tardieu Map of Europe showing Railways

Chemins de fer de l'Europe. - Main View

1874 Tardieu Map of Europe showing Railways




Chemins de fer de l'Europe.
  1874 (undated)     14.5 x 17 in (36.83 x 43.18 cm)     1 : 5500000


This is an example of Ambroise Tardieu's 1874 map of Europe showing railways. It covers part of the continent from England south to Spain and the Mediterranean and east as far as Russia. Notes important railway lines as well as shipping lines throughout.

This map depicts a period shortly following the unification of Italy and the rise of the British Empire to the apex of power and influence. It was also a time of decline for the Ottoman Empire. This map follows the period immediately after the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Germany.

Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, islands and an assortment of additional topographical details. This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued in his 1874 edition of Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne.


Ambroise Tardieu (March 2, 1788 - January 17, 1841) was a prominent French cartographer and engraver operating in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was member of the large and prolific Tardieu family, which, for over 200 years, produced multiple skilled and active engravers. 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. More by this mapmaker...

Alexandre Aimé Vuillemin (1812 - 1880) was an engraver, publisher, and editor based in Paris, France in the middle of the 19th century. Despite a prolific publishing career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. In 1852, he married Josephine Caroline Goret and they had at least one child, Ernestine Adèle Vuillemin, later in the same year. 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. Learn More...


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 4697.035 (1863 edition).