Carte de L'Ile de Nantucket, pour les Lettres d'un Culuvateur Ameriquain.
9 x 11 in (22.86 x 27.94 cm)
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This small but important map by P. F. Tardieu is the earliest obtainable separate map of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It covers Nantucket in full as well as the adjacent island of Tuckanuck (Tuckernuck Island). Throughout some 32 locations are identified via a numeric coding system associated with tables above and to the right of the main map. Property divisions on the island are noted as well as a few important buildings, mills, and villages.
Letters of an American FarmerThis map was prepare to accompany Michel Guillaume St. Jean de Crevecoeur's 1787 Lettres d'un Cultivateur Ameriquain (Letters of an American Farmer), a collection of essays describing American life in such bountiful language that it inspired a wave of French immigration to North America. Howes describes Crevecour's work as a 'description of American life of great influence in attracting European immigration in the post-revolutionary period. As literature unexcelled by any American work of the eighteenth century.
Publication History and CensusThis map was engraved in 1785 by Pierre Francis Tardieu, whose imprint appears in the lower right. It was not published until two years later, in 1787, when the first French edition of Michel Guillaume St. Jean de Crevecoeur's 1787 Lettres d'un Cultivateur Ameriquain was issued. The map is a based upon a similar map issued in the 1783 English edition, Letters of an American Farmer, but it much more finely engraved reflecting Tardieu's mastery. There is also a similar map of Martha's Vineyeard. Always desirable, these maps come rarely to the market.
Pierre François Tardieu (1711 - 1771) was a French engraver and mapmaker active in Paris during the middle part of the 18th century and a member of the large and prolific Tardieu family. Several members of the family established themselves as engravers, and, for over 200 years, the family produced works. Pierre Francois Tardieu was born around 1711 in Paris, son of Jean Tardieu. His uncle, Nicolas-Henry 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 (1757 - 1822), who is also possibly his son, as the latter continued to engrave under the P. F. Tardieu imprint well after the former's death. More by this mapmaker...
Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume St. Jean de, Lettres d'un Cultivateur Ameriquain, (Paris) 1787.
Very good clean example with wide margins.
Phillips (America) p. 389. Howes, W., U.S.iana (1650-1950): A Selective Bibliography in which are Described 11,620 Uncommon and Siginficant Books Relating to the Continental Portion of the United States, #C883