Extremely rare separately issued map of the United States by Tardieu. The map was issued shortly after the Louisiana Purchase (1803), the creation of Mississippi Territory (1804) and the creation of Michigan Territory (1805) and is among the earliest printed maps to illustrate these features.
Two Floridas still appear on the map. The Upper Mississippi is based upon Arrowsmith's map of 1796, which Tardieu also re-issued in several rare variant editions.
Remarkablly fine engraving, as is characteristic of Tardieu's maps.
The map was apparently issued in two sheets and also joined. The Library of Congress owns the lower sheet (Gulph of Mexico). No other institutional examples have been located in American Institutions.
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.