Rare Pierre Du Val antique engraved map featuring three small maps related to the travels of Italian writer Pietro della Valle's travel through the Middle East to the western coast of India in the early 17th century.
Dell Valle's route is shown going from Antioch (where he landed from Italy) to Aleppo and on to Basra, from where he traveled through the Persian Gulf to India.
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.