Plan de Paris.
1874 (undated) 15 x 18 in (38.1 x 45.72 cm)
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This is a fine 1874 map or city plan of Paris, France. It depicts Paris and its immediate vicinity in extraordinary detail. Centered on the Seine River, it covers Paris as contained in the Thiers Wall as well as its immediate vicinity. It reflects the transformation and modernization of Paris under Napoleon III and Georges-eugene Haussmann. The map details individual buildings, streets, monuments, railway lines, gardens and palaces. Issued before the construction of the Eiffel Tower. The bottom left quadrant includes an inset map featuring the environs of Paris while the top right quadrant includes an index. This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued as plate no. 30 in his 1874 edition of Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne.
Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841) 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 Vuillemin (1812-1880) was a cartographer and an book editor based in Paris, France. Despite a prolific cartographic career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. 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 4697.034 (1863 edition).