Lot 199: TAVERNIER, MELCHIOR. Carte de l''Amerique corrigee et augmentee dessus
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: TAVERNIER, MELCHIOR. Carte de l''Amerique corrigee et augmentee dessus Toutes les aultres cy devant faictes par P. Bertius. Double-page engraved map of the Americas. 15 3/4x21 1/4 inches sheet size, upper margin shaved to platemark, else ample; some very expert repairs primarily at centerfold and right edge. [Paris, 1627]
Notes: Tavernier was the most important mapseller in France during the first part of the seventeenth century. In 1627 he published a set of the four continents after Bertius, possibly without gaining his permission. Although crediting Bertius, the cartography more closely follows the Hondius mapping of 1618, with the completed northwest coast line, similar mapping of the Great Lakes and similar decorative ships and sea monsters. However, unlike the Hondius map, here the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego is completed, as per the Bertius map of 1624. The present example is the first state without additional toponyms such as "Neuf Amsterdam", "Pleymouth", "Accadie" and "Quiuera" added in the subsequent 1640 issue. Burden, 218.