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First state of Pierre Du Val's map of Africa, published in Paris in 1664.

In the second edition, Du Val adds the words "Reveue et Augmentee". In the third edition of 1684, the Du Val Imprint is changed to "Mlle. Du Val".

The map provides an extensive, if at times fanciful mapping, of the interior parts of Africa.

The sources of the Nile are shown as Lake Zaire, Lake Saflan and a series of smaller lakes in "Abissinie or Haute Ethiopie."

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Pierre Du Val Biography

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.