Pierre Duval; c1619-1683.
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 was more to dissiminate geographical knowledge,
than to advance the science of accurate cartography. In a
sense, he preceded Alain Manesson Mallet on the French geography
Of note: the 1651 "Table geographique de tous les pays du
monde", the 1672 "Cartes de geographie les plus nouvelles",
and the 1682 "Géographie Universelle), re-issued in 1691 and
This diminutive map (4 5/8" X 3 11/16") was originally
prepared by Duval for inclusion in his 1682
Géographie Universelle. Its printing date is not known.
The delineation is very much in line with the 1656
and 1657 Sanson seminal maps. It exhibits also the same topographical
errors, the wrongly
located mouth of the Mississippi (Spiritu Santo River), the
fantasy hydrography (mythical lake source of the St. John River i.e. R. de May).
Notice also that by that time, present day Florida was known
as the Tegeste province.
The cartouche shows that by that time duval had been promoted to Geographer to the King (G.O.D.R or Géographe Ordinaire du Roi).
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