How to export my Mac's iPhoto library from my iPad?

Hey !
Recently, my MacBook died, taking my iPhoto library with it. Thankfully, i had transferred all of it to my iPad Mini. I bought a new MacBook and would like to export the library i had previously imported to my iPad Mini back to my Mac.
When i plug my iPad Mini, all i can do is transfer photos taken with it, not the rest of the library.
Those (thousands of) photos were all carefully organized, i'd really like to get my library back as it was (the only option i can currently find is sending each individual photos via mail from the iPad...)
I own the iPhoto iPad app, maybe there's a way using it ?
Thanks a lot.

To copy photos that were originally synced from a computer you can use a third-party iPad app such as Simple Transfer which can copy them off via your wifi network. But as photos are 'optimised' when they are synced to the iPad, any that you then copy back to a computer may not be exactly the same as they originally were on your original Mac.

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