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Pierre Duval (1618 – 1683)

was a French geographer, cartographer and publisher who worked in Abbeville and in Paris. He was nephew of Nicolas Sanson, the chief pioneer of cartography in France, from whom he learnt the mapmaker‘s art and skills. Duval worked with his uncle at the Royal Court and was appointed „Geographe Ordinaire du Roy“ by Louis XIV in 1650. He published a wide range of atlases and individual maps.

Size: 13 x 11 cm
Image: Coloured
Year: 1731

Map details

The source of this map is described as follows: „La Peyrere’s book later became part of a collections of accounts of voyages to the north: „Recueil de voyages au nord“ (

It looks almost the same as the one in 1663. The title cartouche depicts a volcano but in comparison to the map of c. 1680 „Par P. Du Val Geographe du Roy“ is back, however the wide bow on top has gone. „M. Hekla“ has also returned to the original writing but the volcano now has a different shape than on the earlier maps. And there is a curiosity: The engraver misread the „W“ in the name „Westmannaeyar“ as „III“.

In the interior of the island mountains are depicted and the famous volcano is seen erupting. Its name has returned from „M. Hecla“ to „M. Hekla“. There are also several place-names, amongst them the bishoprics Skalholt and Holar.