Rare Du Val map of Canada, the Great Lakes and Northeast, based upon Sanson's earlier maps of the region. Excellent example of the open ended Great Lakes to the West. Clearly shows a Northwest Passage through Hudson's Bay. Extends south to Virginia and names Florida. This is the second state of the map, with the addition of several Indian Tribal names in the West. Burden 351 (State 3, with Mer de Canada above Mer De Nort); Kershaw pp 132-34; Pasterneau pp 135-37; pp 162-65.
Pierre Duval (1618-1683) was a French geographer, cartographer, and publisher who worked in Abbeville and Paris during the seventeenth century. He was born in the former city, in northeast France, before moving to Paris. Duval was the nephew of the famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson, from whom he learned the mapmaker's art and skills. 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, Du Val's opus also includes geography texts. He held the title of geographe ordinaire du roi from 1650 and died in 1683, when his wife and daughters took over his business.