Early regional map from Duval's Le Monde Terrestre, first published in 1659, although no copy located pre-dates 1660. Includes an early depiction of the Chesapeake region, the mythical Lake May above Floride, Jamestown, Cape Henry, Secot, Pomeiok, an early reference to Manhattan and New Amsterdam and an inset of Bermuda. The example offered here is an unrecorded variant of the fourth state (the first to mention Manhattan), with a slightly different title. A scarce example in fine condition.
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.