Sign In

Forgot Password Create Account

Rare engraved map of southern Africa, from Pierre Du Val's La Gegoraphie Universelle.

This is a later state of a map that first appeared in 1663. In this state Table Bay and Aghulhas Bank are named.

This map was published at the time that the first Afrikaner settlers began moving into southern Africa.

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.