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Rare map of the Eastern and Western parts of the Roman Empire, published by Pierre Du Val in Paris.

This is the first edition of the map, dated 1677. A later edition was issued in 1688. All editions are very rare. We were able to locate only one catalogue entry of the map in the past 25 years (Le-Bail Weissert 2003, #297; 1688 edition).

Condition Description
The map has been cleaned, with reinforcements to areas where the paper has weakened. Traces of soiling remain.
Pastoureau, M. Duval II F, 112.
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.