Leen Helmink Antique Maps

CANADA

Antique map of Canada by Pierre Du Val
Cartographer

Pierre Du Val

Published

Paris, 1660

Size

10.0 x 12.0 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18737

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 525




Description

State 2 of 4, issued in 1661. Burden 351, as follows:

Paris, 1660 Copperplate engraving, 100 x 120 mm

CANADA

From: Le Monde Terrestre

This is one of a number of North American related maps in Pierre Duval's modest Le Monde Terrestre. It is derived from his uncle, Nicolas Sanson’s, Le Canada, 1656. Even including the familiar sea route through the north-west of Hudson Bay. For a more detailed description of the atlas see the earlier Duval entry of 1659 [60]. The author has identified four states of the map. There is a later derivative published in Nuremberg, 1678:

State 1 1660
Identified by the lack of any tribal names in the west

State 2 1661
Tribal names added in the west

State 3 1672
Mer de Canada added above MER DE NORT. Many new names introduced including 3.Rivieres, al=Manhate appended to Amsterdam and Boston al= to Londo. The Chesapeake is named and a church symbol is added to Quebec

State 4 c.1687
The plate number 8 is added in the lower right corner

Duval 1660
Bears MER DE NORT

Beer 1678
Bears MARE DEL NORT


Pierre Du Val (c.1619-1683)

Pierre Du Val was one of the most influential French mapmakers of the third quarter of the seventeenth century. He was the son-in-law and apprentice of Nicolas Sanson, the foremost French mapmaker of the period. From 1650, he was the official royal Geographer to the King of France Louis XIV, who had encouraged him to move to Paris.

He published a wide range of atlases, individual maps of the world and the continents, as well as wall maps. His work was of great significance.