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Fine example of Pierre Du Val's striking map of the British Isles.

The present example bears the imprint of "Chez I. Besson en l'Isle du Palais sur le Quay de l'Horologue . . . 1685," making it a very early imprint following Du Val's death and before the imprint was changed to Mme Du Val, Pierre Du Val's widow.


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.