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La Suisse Par P. Du Val Geographe du Roy

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La Suisse Par P. Du Val Geographe du Roy

Author: Pierre Duval

Year/Period: 1686

Size:Inches:20 x 16
CM:52 X 41

Price: $379.99


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Pierre Du Val (1619-1683) was one of the most influential and prolific mapmakers and publishers working in Paris in the third quarter of the seventeenth century.  From 1653 on he worked as a cartographer for his  uncle Nicolas Sanson, the leading French mapmaker of the period, and Geographer to the King of France from 1650. Although closely associated with the Sansons, his individual output, while not of the same volume as the Sansons, was relatively prolific and influential. The early years of Du Val’s career were devoted to his atlas projects, while later in his career he was to concentrate on separately published, and often multi-sheet, maps.  His first atlas was the Cartes Geographiques Methodiquement Divisees published in 1654.  This contained only a few of Du Val’s own maps with the others comprising those of Sanson, Briet, Boisseau and even those of the earlier Dutch mapmakers, Mercator, Blaeu, Hondius and Jansson.  The atlas was re-issued in 1655 and 1667 with more of Du Val's own maps and the title was altered to Cartes De Geographie Les Plus Nouvelles Et Les Plus Fideles.

Engraving Information:

This artistic reproduction of a vintage map was made using modern graphic procedures, but obtaining the results found in the antique copperplate engraving technique, as one can easily find out by lightly rubbing his/her finger on the map. This map, which is an exact reproduction of the original antique, is printed on cotton paper panels which are glued and mounted on a cotton cloth background "a stacchi" (slightly separated from each other), in order to allow for folding and easier transport. Finally, map is water-colored by hand making it a truly unique piece, worthy of the original old print.