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Stock# 56985

Second State of Du Val's Map of the Antarctic.

Rare map of the Southern Hemisphere, illustrating the known and imagined lands of the Antarctic Regions.

The map provides a fine accounting of the lands of the South Polar regions, some of which were fictional.

The map includes outlines of Antarctic continent as well as showing the Dutch discoveries in Australia and New Zealand.

This rare second state includes an expanded title, adding the words  "dites autrement Australes et Inconnues."  The second state also adds a number of place names not on the first map, including:

  • C de Bonne Esperance
  • Madagascar
  • Iava
  • Sumatra
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.