Pierre Duval; 1619-1683.
Son in law of Nicolas Sanson (aka: Sanson d'Abbeville),
Duval published an amazingly large number of works between
1651 and his death.
Except for a few individual maps in a large folio format,
most of his productions were diminutive pocket size atlases.
His contribution to cartography was more to dissiminate geographical
knowledge, than to advance the science of accurate map making.
In a sense, he preceded Alain Manesson Mallet on the french
geography digest market.
Of note: the 1651 " Table geographique de tous les pays du
monde", the 1672 "Cartes de geographie les plus nouvelles",
and the 1682 "Geographie universelle), re-issued in 1691 and
This miniature map (4' X 5") was originally designed for
the 1660 "Maps of the world and continents". In its first
state till 1666 it showed Korea as an Island.
The present item is a second state, it is believed to have
been printed for the 1682 issue of "Le monde ou la geographie
It shows the whole Chinese country in a charmingly antiquated
way, due to its strong inspiration from the 1652 Sanson's
map of China. Interestingly it names Taiwan as Pekan, which
is quite rare. The course of the Yellow river is very fantasist,
so is the gulf of Nanjin, the lakes on the Yangtze river and
the western mountain range.
Notice the Zelande seemingly standing for the Pescadores,
and the city of Tayouan.on Taiwan.
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