1874 (undated) 15 x 17.5 in (38.1 x 44.45 cm)
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This is a fine example of Conrad Ambroise Tardieu's 1874 map of Ancient Iberia or Spain and Portugal. The map covers all of Iberia under the Roman Republic from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This includes Hispanic Citerior or Tarraconensis, consisting of the Baetica, Lusitania and Carthaginensis. Although the Romans controlled most of the Iberian Peninsula from about 218 BCE, it took them close to two centuries to fully subjugate the region. Various cities, towns, rivers, islands and other topographical details are marked, with relief shown by hachure. This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued as plate 7 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 4697.011 (1863 edition).