Scarce map of Catalonia, published by Pierre Du Val in Paris.
Du Val's finely executed map includes towns, roads, rivers, mountains, lakes and a host of other early details, including the various passages through the Pyrenees from Spain to France. Includes decorative cartouche, coat of arms, sailing ship and military scale. A fine example of this scarce map.
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.