Rare map of part of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, which was engraved by Tardieu to illustrate Abel Remusat's Description du Royaume de Camboge, which appeared in the Journal Des Savants.
Abel Remusat, a self taught linguist with expertise in the Chinese and Tartar languages, published his account of Marco Polo's visit to the region in the 13th Century, utilizing this fine map to illustrate his work. The map shows Saigon in the east, Phuket off the coast of Siam in the west and provides a marvelously detailed view of the region. The map is apparently quite rare, as no example has been listed in the Antique Map Price Guide in the past 25 years and we have never previously seen the map.
Ambroise Tardieu was an important French cartographer and engraver.
He produced a number of excellent large format maps, including a revised edition of Aaron Arrowsmith's 4-sheet map of the United States. T
Tardieu came from a family boasting a number of fine engravers, and was trained from an early age by his uncle, Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756–1844), a leading French engraver. Showing considerable talent in this field, Ambroise persevered and became a celebrated engraver of portraits. In addition he was appointed as geographical engraver for the French government, for which he received a small stipend. In order to eke out this meagre wage, he began to trade in prints, books and maps. He is remembered for more than 800 portraits engraved through his career, many depicting scientists of the period.
Tardieu published a number of atlases, one of which appeared in 1842 and was titled Atlas universel de geographie, ancienne et moderne/dresse par Ambroise Tardieu pour l'intelligence de la Geographie universelle par Malte-Brun.