Leen Helmink Antique Maps

World by Pierre Du Val

Cartographer

Pierre Du Val

Title

Planisphere, ou Carte Generale du Monde.

Published

Paris, 1666

Size

33.0 x 59.0 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18754

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 2250

Description

Important early world map with the latest discoveries by the Dutch. The map is significant for the exploration of Australia, being one of the first to include the discoveries of Tasman's first voyage of 1642/43, albeit very confused and inaccurate. It curiously lacks the results of Tasman's second voyage of 1644, leaving open the possibility that the Gulf of Carpentaria or Torres' Strait allows for a gateway to the Pacific Ocean and the riches of Peru, one of the major goals of the VOC.

"In line with French tradition Du Val and his engraver Louis Cordier have eschewed extraneous decoration in this world map. The two hemispheres generally follow Sanson's latest world map of 1660 except for the unusual, and less accurate, representation of Australia. Du Val has also retained a prominent southern continent. In these respects the world map is outdated, as in the same 'Introduction' the author's map of the East Indies (dated 1665) gives a much more precise and accurate rendering of Australia, as then known.

Outside the hemispheres, at the top there are circular diagrams showing the compass points, winds and planetary orbits: in the bottom corners a small terrestial globe and an armillary sphere.\

There was a second state of the map dated 1668 and a third dated 1676 [offered here]. A new plate appeared in 1684, similar in design and content, with the imprint of Mlle du Val, Pierre's daughter."

(Shirley 441).