Early German Map of Virginia.
Rare German edition of Pierre Duval's map of the region centered on Virginia, the Chesapeake and the Carolinas, published by Johann Hoffman in his Geographiae Universalis, first issued in 1678.
The map is a close copy of the second and third states of Duval's map, which has been re-engraved by Sigismund Hipschmann. A second edition was published in 1681. The map includes an early depiction of the Chesapeake region, the mythical Lake May above Florida, Jamestown, Cape Henry, Secot, Pomeiok, an early reference to Manhattan and New Amsterdam and an inset of Bermuda.
Pierre Duval (1618-1683) was a French geographer, cartographer, and publisher who worked in Abbeville and Paris during the 17th century. He was born in Abbeville, in northeast France. Duval was the nephew of the famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson, from whom he learned the mapmakers art. 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, Duval's opus also includes geographic lexicons in French. Among them is the dictionary about the Opatija in France, the first universal and vernacular geographic dictionary of Europe published in Paris in 1651, and a dictionary about the ancient sites of Asians, Persians, Greeks and the Romans with their equivalent toponyms.