Early regional map from Duval's Le Monde Terrestre, first published in 1659, although no copy located pre-dates 1660. Includes an early depiction of the Chesapeake region, the mythical Lake May above Floride, Jamestown, Cape Henry, Secot, Pomeiok, an early reference to Manhattan and New Amsterdam and an inset of Bermuda. The example offered here is an unrecorded variant of the fourth state (the first to mention Manhattan), with a slightly different title. A scarce example in fine condition. Original outline color.
Pierre Duval (1618-1683) was a French geographer, cartographer, and publisher who worked in Abbeville and Paris during the 17th century. He was born in Abbeville, in northeast France. Duval was the nephew of the famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson, from whom he learned the mapmakers art. Both men worked at the royal court, having followed the royal request for artists to relocate to Paris. In addition to numerous maps and atlases, Duval's opus also includes geographic lexicons in French. Among them is the dictionary about the Opatija in France, the first universal and vernacular geographic dictionary of Europe published in Paris in 1651, and a dictionary about the ancient sites of Asians, Persians, Greeks and the Romans with their equivalent toponyms.