1874 Tardieu Map of the United States and Mexico

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1874 Tardieu Map of the United States and Mexico


Unusual configuration of the Western United States. Texas at its largest.


Etats-Unis et Mexique.
  1874 (undated)     15 x 17 in (38.1 x 43.18 cm)     1 : 12000000


This is a scarce 1874 map of the United States and Mexico by Ambroise Tardieu. It covers the entirety of the United States and Mexico including parts of the West Indies. Although the map was published in 1874, cartographically it dates to 1849, right after the Mexican American War. Notes various territories in the west, including the Oregon Territory, the Northwest Territory, Indian Territory and New California. In modern terms this includes an exceptionally important representation of all parts of the United States west of the Mississippi including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Texas is at its largest.

Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, islands, mountain passes and an assortment of additional topographical details. This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu as plate no. 25 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. Learn More...

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 4697.029 (1863 edition).