"Le Portugal Dedie au Roy...", DuVal/Placide
Period: 1690 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.4 x 27.1 inches
46.7 x 68.8 cm
This handsome, uncommon map of Portugal features towns, churches, castles, fortifications, battlefields, etc. A small inset plan shows the environs of Porto (Oporto). The large title cartouche is embellished with allegorical figures and the coat of arms. Pierre DuVal, nephew and pupil of Nicolas Sanson, was an important French cartographer who published a large number of maps and atlases. His brother-in-law, Le Pere Placide, an Augustine monk, published only one atlas (Cartes de Geographie) with revised versions of DuVal's maps. This map was published by DuVal's widow, Marie Desmarests, who re-issued Placide's maps; her imprint is in the lower right corner. Engraved by Inselin.
Clean and bright with attractive color on watermarked paper. A gorgeous example.