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Melchior Tavernier:  Charte De La Suisse, De La Rhetie, ou Des Grisons, De La Valtelin, Du Valay, & autres Seigneuries Visines Exactement dressee sur les Lieux par Gaspr Baudouin Ingenieur Militaire & Capitaine de l'artillerie du Roy . . . en L'Estat de Millan

Maps of Switzerland


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Title: Charte De La Suisse, De La Rhetie, ou Des Grisons, De La Valtelin, Du Valay, & autres Seigneuries Visines Exactement dressee sur les Lieux par Gaspr Baudouin Ingenieur Militaire & Capitaine de l'artillerie du Roy . . . en L'Estat de Millan

Map Maker: Melchior Tavernier

Place / Date: Paris / 1625

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 21.5 x 16 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $750.00

Inventory ID: 40035


Description:

Rare early Tavernier map of Switzerland & part of Italy, based upon the surveys of Gaspard Baudouin, illustrating region of Switzerland and Northern Italy which was the scene of military action during the reign of Louis XIII. 

The map extends south to include Milan and Crema and north to Basle.  The map is one of the two earliest maps known to have been engraved by Melchior Tavernier and includes the annotation "A Pris chez Melchior Tavernier demeurant sur l'Isle du Palais sur le quay qui Regard la Megiserie." Most original maps by Tavernier's maps were "seat of war" maps, illustrating the military movements during the reign of Louis XIII.  Fordham notes this map of Switzerland and Northern Italy, along with Carte et Description Generale de la Valtoline as Tavernier's two earliest printed maps. 

Melchior Tavernier was an engraver and printer to the King of France and would also serve as the distributor in France of the cartographic works of Hondius, Jansson and Blaeu.  He was the principal mapmaker in France between the eras of Jean Le Clerc and Nicolas Sanson.  His business would pass on the to Pierre Mariette, who in turn would partner with Nicolas Sanson.   Tavernier, would later publish some of Christophe Tassin maps in his own atlas production (Theatre Geographique 1634, 1637, 1638, 1643).  A number of Sanson's earliest maps include Tavernier's imprint.


Condition Description: Trimmed into the image at the left and right sides, with the right side restored in facsimile and the whole remargined


References: Blumer 90 and p.132 (ill.); Giudicetti p. 6; Pastouriau p. 474, no 61 and p.621 (ill.); Tooley, Mapmakers p. 43; Fordham, p. 158.


Related Categories:
Maps of Italy
Maps of Switzerland