Rare set of 3 maps showing various parts of the course of the Ohio River, from the Hockhocking River and the Sandusky River in the West to the Grand Castor and Conasaquining in the East, centered on the Miukinghum River, Indian Villages and Moravian Villages in the region. A second map shows the Sioto and its tributaries and a more general plan of the course of the Grand Castor and tributaries. The map is based in part of the work of Bouquet and Hutchins, each of whom produced seminal maps of the region. The map appeared in the French edition of Crevecoeur's Letters from An American Farmer. Marvelous highly detailed map, among the earliest detailed maps of the region.
Pierre Antoine Tardieu (1784-1869), also known to sign his works as PF Tardieu, was a prolific French map engraver and geographer. The Tardieu family, based in Paris, was well known for their talent in engraving, cartography, and illustration. Pierre Antoine’s father, Antoine Francois Tardieu, was an established cartographer who published numerous atlases. His son is said to have collaborated with him for many years before establishing his own independent career.
Pierre Antoine Tardieu’s most famous work includes engravings of the islands of La Palma and Tenerife, for which in 1818 he was awarded a bronze medal by King Louis-Phillipe for the beauty and accuracy of his mapping. Other famous work includes his mapping of Louisiana and Mexico, engravings of Irish counties, maps of Russia and Asia, and his highly celebrated illustrations of all the provinces of France. He was also the first mapmaker to engrave on steel.
Tardieu was a popular map engraver in his lifetime, enjoying the patronage of the likes of Alexander von Humboldt and respect among his peers. In 1837, he was appointed the title Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. As was written in his obituary in the Bulletin of the Geographical Society of France, he was renowned for his combination of technical talent and scholarly research skills and praised for furthering his family’s well-respected name in the scientific arts.