Rare variant map of America, based upon Hondius. An extremely rare 1639 edition was only recently discovered. This is state 2, with the date 1661, else unchanged. The map was apparently separately issued, but is found bound into several rare contemporary French works. Tavernier apparently wished to reconcile the competing accounts of California, which is detached, but not particularly insular. The projections of the coastlines, east and west, are clearly vestiges of the work of Tavernier and Bertius from earlier in the Century. Nearly 100 place names appear in North America. Vignettes of Indian scenes appear in the interior of S.America. One small wax stain on the left border, else a nice example of a rare and desirable map.
Melchior Tavernier was a member of a large family involved in the publishing trade in Paris in the early years of the seventeenth century. Early in his career, he apparently collaborated with Henricus Hondius, as at least one of his early maps references Tavernier as the seller of a map engraved in Amsterdam, by Hondius. He is probably best known for his publication of a map of the Post Roads of France, which was copied many times until the end of the century. He also issued an atlas under the same title as J. le Clerc's Theatre Geographique, using many of Le Clerc's maps, but incorporating others from different sources. He published composite atlases and also published works for other cartographers, including N. Sanson, N. Tassin, and P. Bertius. He is not to be confused with his nephew of the same name (1594-1665), who also engraved maps for Nicolas Sanson.