Rare and decorative map of Africa, which has caused researcher a fair bit of difficulty in actually placing. In discussing the map of America, Phillip Burden concludes that the work is by Tavernier, based upon early maps by Bertius and identifies several French sources. In fact, we did acquire this map in a set with the America and the Asia maps, the latter which did indeed have Tavernier's name in the credits. Nice detail throughout the map, including elephants, lions, tigers, camels, antelope, monkeys and ostriches, as well as some sort of dragon like creature with wings. Highly detailed. Based upon Hondius' map. Very minor spotting from candle wax, else a nice example of this rare 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.