Presqu'Ile de l'Inde.
1874 (undated) 18 x 14.5 in (45.72 x 36.83 cm)
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This is a beautiful 1874 map of the Indian Subcontinent by Ambroise Tardieu. It covers the entire subcontinent from the Himalayas south as far as Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and from Sindh as far east as Burma. The modern day nations of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma and parts of Thailand, Tibet and Afghanistan are included. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maldives and the Lakshadweep Islands are also identified. The map is highly detailed with both political and physical data with the Himalayas beautifully depicted. Various cities, mountains, roads, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details are noted.
The map depicts most of what is today modern India and what was, when this map was made, British India. In 1857, following the Sepoy Revolt, the east India Company was dissolved and governance of India was administered directly by the British Crown. The British Raj ruled India until its independence in 1947.
This map was prepared by Ambroise Tardieu and issued as plate 22 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 4697.026 (1863 edition).