Detailed map of the Kingdom of Hungary, showing the route from Vienna to Istanbul.
The map extends to the Adriatic Coast, with outline color illustrating the major regions.
A road is shown, tracking down the Danube River from Vienna to Budapest and Belgrade, then to Nis (Serbia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Silivri (Turkey) and finally to Istanbul.
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.