Scarce map of the Ottoman Empire, extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to Persia and the Caspian Sea
The map includes a fine depiction of a number of the early trade caravan routes through Greece and Asia Minor toward India, passing below the Caspian Sea and then extending into Persia.
A highly detailed map of the region, at a time when it was dominated by the Ottoman Empire.
The Gulf is called "Golfe de Balsera autrement Mer el-Catif et autrefois Gold de Perse, with a massive Island of "Baharem" (Bahrain).
Several states of the map exist, including this state and states dated 1677 and 1686.
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.