Rare early edition of Du Val's map of Canada, the Great Lakes and Northeast, based upon Sanson's earlier maps of the region. Excellent example of the open ended Great Lakes to the West. Clearly shows a Northwest Passage through Hudson's Bay. Extends south to Virginia and names Florida. This is the second state of the map, with the addition of several Indian Tribal names in the West. A bit of dampstaingin in the upper margin, outside the neatline, but still a very nice example, from the 1661 edition of Du Val's Le Monde Terrestre.
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.