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Description

Extremely rare map of Sicily, engraved in Paris by Du Val.

Highly detailed, including towns, roads, rivers, castles, harbors, bays and a host of other details. Our research suggests an edition of 1672 may have preceded this edition, but all are rare.

Condition Description
The map has been cleaned and backed with a thin layer of japan paper. There is evidence of paper weakening and still some minor soiling remnants.
Pierre Du Val Biography

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.