This is a beautiful 1874 map of Italy by Ambroise Tardieu. It depicts the Italian peninsula in the midst of its struggle for national solidarity. Includes the Kingdom of Sardinia, Corsica, and Sicily. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details.
The islands of Sardinia and Corsica are included. In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Red Shirts led the drive for Italian national solidarity. On March 17, 1861, the Sardinian government led by the Count of Cavour finally declared a unified Kingdom of Italy. Even so, Italy would not be fully united until the Franco-Prussia War forced France to abandon its support of the Papal States in 1870.
This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued as plate 19 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. 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 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.
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 4697.023 (1863 edition).