Esquisse du Muskinghum Esquisse des rivieres Muskinghum et Grand Castor.
1787 (undated) 9.5 x 21 in (24.13 x 53.34 cm)
This is a scarce 1787 map of the Ohio River region by Pierre Tardieu. Divided into three maps, this is one of the earliest maps of the region. The large map in the left depicts the course of the Ohio River, from the Hockhoking River and the Sandusky River, which flows into Lake Erie to River Grand Castor and Conasaquining. It includes the Muskinghum River. The second map in the center depicts the River Sioto and its various tributaries. The last map on the right features the River Grand Castor and its tributaries. Several trails as well as Indian and Moravian villages are noted throughout, with mountains beautifully rendered in profile. Based on earlier maps from Bouquet and Hutchins, this map was issued in the 1787 French edition of J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur's Letter from an American Farmer.
Pierre Francois Tardieu (1711 - 1771) was a French engraver and mapmaker active in Paris during the middle part of the 18th century. Pierre Francois Tardieu was born around 1711 in Paris, son of Jean Tardieu. His uncle, Nicolas Henri Tardieu, taught him the art of engraving. Pierre was a general engraver whose work was not limited to maps but also included historical and genre works. Many of his maps are extremely significant and include some of the finest French productions of the period. Tardieu had his office at Rue de al Corderie, Paris. Tardieu was married to Marie-Anne Rousselet (1733-1826), whose family included the engraver Gilles Rousselet and the sculptor Jean Rousselet. It is highly likely that Pierre Francois Tardieu was succeeded by Pierre Antoine Francois Tardieu, who is also possibly his son, as the latter continued to engrave under the P. F. Tardieu imprint well after the former's death. There are several other 19th century cartographers also named Tardieu, it is unclear if they are related although such would not be unlikely.
St. John de Crevecoeur, J. Hector, Letter from an American Farmer, 1787.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemark visible. Minor spotting.