Unrecorded By Shirley.
The present map represents an exciting discovery in historical cartography, being a 1682 folio Du Val world map unrecorded as such by Shirley.
The map carries the French tradition, started by Boisseau, of stripping away decorative embellishment in favor of a concise overall design. The present map closely follows its direct antecedent, the Du Val-Berey world map of 1661, and indeed few, if any, cartographic changes have been made.
States and Editions
The first edition of this map appears in Shirley's 1984 The Mapping of the World as number 443. In the first edition of his cartobibliography, Shirley did not realize that his number 443 had originally been published in 1661, not 1668, as initially stated.
Furthermore, we can add that the present map is a completely different plate compared to Shirley 443, not merely the final state of that map. The most notable change
Therefore, Shirley 443 appeared in three states: 1661 (Nicolas Berey); 1668 (Jaillot); and 1678 (Jaillot). The Du Val world map was then re-engraved and issued with a new privilege in 1682 (the present map).
It is possible that Shirley (443) was published under a 20-year privilege starting in 1661, and upon its expiry in 1681, the map was replaced with another plate and published by Jaillot under a different 20-year privilege. This could explain the two plates and the lack of privilege interference.
The present map bears the imprint: "Chez H: Jaillot, joignant les grands Augustins aux 2 Globes Avec Privilege du Roy, our Vingt and. 1682"
Alexis-Hubert Jaillot (ca. 1632-1712) was one of the most important French cartographers of the seventeenth century. Jaillot traveled to Paris with his brother, Simon, in 1657, hoping to take advantage of Louis XIV's call to the artists and scientists of France to settle and work in Paris. Originally a sculptor, he married the daughter of Nicholas Berey, Jeanne Berey, in 1664, and went into partnership with Nicholas Sanson's sons. Beginning in 1669, he re-engraved and often enlarged many of Sanson's maps, filling in the gap left by the destruction of the Blaeu's printing establishment in 1672.
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.