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Carte des Indes Orientale [Map of the East Indies]

Date: 1677
Overall: 445 x 610 mm
Medium: Hand coloured engraved map on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Maps, charts and plans
Object Name: Map
Object No: 00000919
Place Manufactured:Paris

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    This hand coloured engraved map of the East Indies shows the Australian continent and includes details of early Dutch exploration.
    SignificancePierre Du Val (Duval) was Royal Geographer of France from 1650 to 1683 and one of the most influential European mapmakers of the 17th century.

    This map was produced in 1677 and clearly shows the combined European geographic knowledge of the Australian continent just prior to James Cook's first voyage of exploration along the eastern coastline.

    HistoryPierre 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. He was the nephew of Nicolas Sanson, the leading French mapmaker of the period. Du Val became Geographer to the King of France from 1650 until his death in 1683.

    His first atlas was the Cartes Geographiques Methodiquement Divisees published in 1654. This combined many earlier maps from French and Dutch geographers and mapmakers including Sanson, Mercator and Blaeu.

    Following the publication of his Cartes de Geographie in 1657, Du Val published small sized, 'pocket atlases' which contained larger quantities of maps. Du Val's famous La Geographie Universeille was published in 1676.

    After his death in 1683, his cartographic business was continued first by his widow Marie Desmaretz and then by his daughters, who published a large-sized atlas between 1688 and 1689.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Carte des Indes Orientale

    Primary title: Carte des Indes Orientale [Map of the East Indies]

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    Cartographer: Pierre Du Val

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