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Description

First edition of Du Val's rare map of Madagascar and the adjoining African Coastline.

Includes a detailed treament of the various trade routes around the island and along the coastline, including the routes to India, Malacca, Suarte, and Cochin.

Condition Description
Backed with 20th Century archival paper. Printer's crease near center of map.
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.