This attractive map, published in Paris in 1812, is one of the most rare large format maps from the period. It features a view of the East Coast of the U.S. from Maryland to just below South Carolina. Additionally, Ellicott’s plan for the City of Washington D.C. is included at the top right and an illustration of Niagara Falls is shown at the bottom right with a description in both French and English. This extremely detailed map not only depicts the mountainous regions of the southeastern U.S., but also includes names of regions, rivers, and towns.
Based on the first state of Arrowsmith’s 4-sheet map of the United States, this map is completely engraved by Tardieu in Paris and showcases high quality engravings. This detailed map of the recently independent United States includes one of the largest and earliest examples of the Ellicott plan of Washington DC.
The artist, Pierre François Tardieu (PF Tardieu) was a very well-known map engraver, geographer, and illustrator. Awarded a bronze medal by King Louis-Phillipe for the accuracy and beauty of his map-making, Tardieu produced many fine works including maps of Louisiana, Mexico, Russia, and Asia in addition to his illustrations of French provinces. Additionally, the mapmaker was the first to engrave on steel rather than copper. Overall, he was widely celebrated for his skilled combination of research, detail, and technical talent.
Overall very good condition for age and use. Some soiling, especially in the upper right corner, as well as creasing from where the map was folded. Otherwise, the map has no tears and all illustrations are clearly seen. The map has been archivally framed and matted in a complementary frame featuring a descriptive plaque at the bottom.
Framed Dimensions: 43.5" H x 48" W x 2.25" D