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Pierre Du Val was one of the most influential and prolific mapmakers and publishers working in Paris in the third quarter of the seventeenth century.  He was the nephew of Nicolas Sanson, the leading French mapmaker of the period, and Geographer to the King of France from 1650.  He was also responsible for providing maps for other Parisian editors of the period; Jollain, de Fer and Berey amongst others.

The early years of Du Val’s career were devoted to his atlas projects, while later in his career he was to concentrate on separately published, and often multi-sheet, maps.  His first atlas was the Cartes Geographiques Methodiquement Divisees published in 1654.  This contained only a few of Du Val’s own maps with the others comprising those of Sanson, Briet, Boisseau and even those of the earlier Dutch mapmakers, Mercator, Blaeu, Hondius and Jansson.  The atlas was re-issued in 1655 and 1667, and the title was altered to Cartes De Geographie Les Plus Nouvelles Et Les Plus Fideles.  These later issues contained more of Du Val’s own maps but were still very much supplemented by the maps of other makers.

Du Val also specialised in producing parlour games, games designed to teach geography and even snakes and ladders!  Small sized works also formed part of his output as did geographical tables, genealogies and chronologies.  Other early works by Du Val included La Geographie Francoise, La Geographie Universelle, Cartes Pours Les Itineraires and Cartes Des Provinces Eschues A La Reine amongst others.  

Du Val dies in 1683 and the business was continued first by his widow Marie Desmaretz and then by his daughters.

Location: 1677
Paris, s.d., ca. 1677 - 261 x 338 mm.
Uncommon map of the French colony Guyana in southern American Guyana, with a detailed enlargement of Cayenne in the upper right corner ( 155X110mm.), with fine title cartouche upper left.Engraved by L..
Location: 1686
Paris, 1686 - 100 x 123 mm.
A nice map showing the Turkish Empire, including an inset map of kingdom of Alger. Extending from Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean in the west to the Caspian Sea and Persia in the East and from the..
Location: 1666
Paris,1666 - 332 x 468 mm.
Detailed map of French Canal de Languedoc with fine title cartouche upper left. Inset key notions upper right and middle left.Toulouse in upper left corner.More about Pierre du Val. [+]..
Location: 1686
Paris, 1686 - 374 x 542 mm.
Uncommon map of the Greek Islands by Pierre Du Val, published in Paris.Shows a number of early sea routes through the islands...
Location: 1666
Paris, 1666 - 506 x 395 mm.
Scarce map of the eastern part of the Mediterranean sea and coasts, including Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Holy Land, Georgia, the Black Sea and part of the Caspian Sea...
Location: 1676
Paris, 1676 - 360 x 460 mm.
Uncommon map of Sicily with fine title cartouche lower right . Original date of 1675 now altered to 1676...
Location: 1667
Paris, 1667 - 405 x 515 mm.
Detailed map centered on Bar-le-Duc in the province Le Barrois. Fine title cartouche with coat of arms lower left.Engraved by Jean Somer.More about Pierre du Val. [+]..
Location: 1675
Paris, 1675 - 381 x 486 mm.
Uncommon edition of this map of the region of Artois and Chambray with the title along the top.Dated 1675 with the address "proche le Palais sur le Quay de l'Orloge".Covers the Valenciennes and Cambra..
Location: 1668
Paris, 1668 - 380 x 522 mm.
Detailed map of Franche- Comté with fine title cartouche lower right. Centered on Besançon...
Location: 1667
Paris, 1667 - 525 x 395 mm.
Rare map of the islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino and Cominotto with fine title cartouche lower left. Inset plan of Valletta (110x163mm.)...
Location: 1676
Paris, c. 1650 - 1676 - 535 x 340 mm.
Uncommon map of the Azores. Engraved by Sommer. Du Val is mentioned as the cartographer and the publisher was Pierre Mariette...
Location: 1687
Paris 1687 - 540 x 418 mm.
RARE. From his first edition of his only folio atlas, the map is relied upon the map of his uncle, Nicolas Sanson. Engraved by I.Somer.A nice map of Netherlands...
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