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Carte des Indes Orientales, P. Du Val 1665

Carte des Indes Orientales. Par P. Du Val Geographe Ordinaire du Roy.

Very rare and important 17th Century map of the Indian Ocean. This elegantly composed map is one of the earliest French maps to show the groundbreaking 17th Century discoveries that occurred in Australia. Notably, it features the explorations of Abel Tasman, derived from his voyages to Australia and New Zealand, from 1642 to 1644. Lands recently encountered by Dutch East India Company (VOC) explorers include the south coast of Tasmania, the west coast of Cape York, and the coast of Arnhem Land. First published in 1665, (this is a 1665 edition), from Duval’s atlas, Cartes de Geographie les Plus Nouvelles.

The outlines of the coasts of South and East Asia are very advanced for the time. India, Indochina and the Malaya Peninsula are based on the latest VOC published sea charts, and present a view familiar to the modern observer. The Indonesian Archipelago is generally well formed, although New Guinea takes on a somewhat crude shape.

Further north, Du Val relies on the fine map of East Asia made by his countryman, Melchisedec Thevenot, published in 1663. China is shown in fairly assured form and features the depiction of the Great Wall, while Korea is correctly shown to be a peninsula. Japan, south of Hokkaido, is quite accurately represented, with details gleaned by Thevenot from Dutch charts.

Pierre du Val (1619-1683) was the son-in-law of Nicolas Sanson, and followed in his illustrious footsteps by being appointed to the position of ‘Geographe ordinaire’ to Louis XIV. As evidenced by the present map, Du Val was known for his careful selection of sources and his tasteful, somewhat restrained, employment of ornamentation combined with virtuous engraving, an aesthetic that is often appreciated by today’s collectors. In essence, while Du Val was commercially successful, he took great pride in his work, and took extra efforts to devise quality products, as opposed to rushing out fast copies.

Du Val’s map is one of the finest early depictions of the Indian Ocean, and an essential map for collectors in a variety of fields, notably Australia and East Asia.

Good condition, original colours, 40 x 54.7 cm, (plate).

Purchase code: M1622/RUTA

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