|Method||Copper engraved with early hand colour|
|Artist||Tardieu, Jean Baptiste after Giraldon|
|Published||Grave par J.B. Tardieu, rue Poupee No. 9. Ecrit par Giraldon [c.1812]|
|Dimensions||225 x 295 mm|
A detailed early nineteenth century French map of the South Pacific, from the Atlas Supplementaire du Precis de la Geographie Universelle de M. Malte-Brun. The map encompasses the east coast of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and the many island chains between the Carolinas and Pitcairn Island, including New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, and French Polynesia.
Jean-Baptiste Tardieu (1746-1816) was a prolific French map-maker, engraver, and publisher, chiefly known for his contributions to various late eighteenth and early nineteenth century atlases, particularly those by Malte-Brun and Lapie. Although unrelated, he is often confused with a number of other cartographic contemporaries also surnamed Tardieu, particularly the father and son team of Pierre-François and Ambroise.
Condition: Hole in bottom left margin of sheet, not affecting map. Minor time-toning at edges of sheet.