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Auction 142, Lot 23

"Planisphere, ou Carte Generale du Monde…", Duval, Pierre

Subject: World

Period: 1676 (dated)

Publication: Cartes de Geographie… Introduction a la Geographie…

Color: Hand Color

23.5 x 13.3 inches
59.7 x 33.8 cm
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Duval's double-hemisphere map generally follows Sanson's world map of 1660 with the exception of the representation of Australia. Nouvelle Holande is depicted in an unusual and less accurate form, despite the fact that Duval's map of the East Indies from the same atlas gives an updated depiction of the continent. In North America, California is shown as an island, and the Great Lakes are open-ended towards the west. A large Terre de Iesso spans nearly the entire North Pacific. In South America, the mythical L Parime and Lac Xaraies still appear. Duval also depicts a massive southern continent, which is nearly attached to Nouvelle Zelande and is labeled Terre de Quir. Surrounding the hemispheres are diagrams showing the planetary orbits and the ancient and modern names of the winds, as well as a terrestrial globe and an armillary sphere. Pierre Duval was Nicolas Sanson's nephew and pupil. He published a wide range of atlases and individual maps with many of the maps based on Sanson. Engraved by Louis Cordier. This is the third state of the map, which was originally published in 1666.

References: Shirley #441; Pastoureau, DUVAL II D [11].

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with a few unobtrusive spots, and a small hole along neatline at top left that has been professionally repaired, with a minor amount of neatline in facsimile. There are faint damp stains that just enter map at right and left, and professional paper repairs in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200


Closed on 11/28/2012