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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 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.