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Scarce map of North America, shortly after the Louisiana Purchase and the first publication of Lewis & Clark's official report. Includes the rare pre-Louisiana Purchase territories, including St. Louis, Arkansas and Lawrence.

Massive Russian America. Mythical rivers of the west, flowing from the Salt Lake Region to the Pacific. Texas is named. Excellent post-Lewis & Clark details west of the Missouri. Fascinating conjectural connection of the Yellowstone River to the Columbia River, showing a potential water course from the Missouri to the Pacific Ocean (yes, they had not yet given up!). Many Indian Tribes named. A terrific example of this scarce map.

Ambroise Tardieu Biography

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.