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Antique engraved map of the Roman Empire, published by Pierre Duval in Paris in the 1660s.

The map shows the important early Roman cities around the Mediterranean.

According to the title, the map shows the State of Rome, from the Commentaries of Caesar taken from the three books on the Civil War (Commentarii de Bello Civili)

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.