Rare 2 sheet Tavernier Map of Savoy Region, with a remarkable set of vignettes of Valleys in the Grand Alps.
The map extends from Savoy to the Mediterranean (between Nice and Genoa), covering the entire Grandes Alps region between Geneva in the north, Grenoble in the west and Casale in the east.
The upper edge is decorated with four views of the alpine valleys designed by Simon Maupin, architect from Lyon and the king's engineer-geographer: the Susa Valley, the Pragellato valley, the Varaita valley and the Stura valley. The southern part of Piedmont is filled with place names, while indications are rare in the upper part and especially in the massifs of Mont Blanc and Grand Paradis.
This map was used by Hondius and Janssonius for their famous Sabaudia Ducatus of 1630.
The map is exceedingly rare on the market. This is the second example we have offered for sale in the past 25 years.
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.