1874 Tardieu Map of the British Isles (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland)

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1874 Tardieu Map of the British Isles (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland)




Iles Britanniques.
  1874 (undated)     18 x 14.5 in (45.72 x 36.83 cm)     1 : 3330000


This is a beautiful 1874 map of the British Isles or Great Britain and Ireland by Ambroise Tardieu. It includes England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and covers from the Shetland Islands to the English Channel. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details.

During this time in history, Scotland was in the midst of the Industrial Revolution and emerging as the center of engineering and shipbuilding in the British Isles. Britain at the time was experiencing a rapid expansion of its empire to include India and parts of Africa.

This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued as plate 13 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 4697.017 (1863 edition).