Cafreria et Monomotapa.


Pierre Duval (1618 - 1683)

$A 275

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S/N: GUPP-032-AF–231740

Full Title:

Cafreria et Monomotapa.




Pierre Duval (1618 - 1683)


In good condition, with folds as issued.


Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 104mm


Rare early miniature map of southern Africa with excellent detail by Pierre Duval, with a decorative title cartouche at lower right. The map extends from Abyssinia south and shows Monomotapa, (Mwenemutapa / Kingdom of Mutapa), the modern states of northern Zimbabwe, north western Mozambique and south eastern Zambia, South Africa and the countries along the east coast.

German edition published by Johann Hoffman. 

From Duval, Geographiae universalis pars prior, Nuremberg MDCLXXXI (1681).


Pierre Duval (1618–1683) 

Pierre Duval was born in Abbeville, Duval began his cartographic career in Paris studying under his uncle, the celebrated geographer Nicolas Sanson. He was soon employed in editing maps for publication by the print-seller Pierre Mariette. By 1650, he had become Geographe du roi. According to royal letters found among his papers in 1683, Duval was employed as an officer in the Maison du Roi and received a modest wage of 350 livres. He sustained a publishing collaboration with Mariette until 1654, when he married Marie Desmaretz, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Following this, he established himself in Paris and produced maps and cartographic documents for a variety of Parisian map-sellers. Duval supplied manuscripts to Nicolas Berey, Girard Joillan, Nicolas Langlois, Estienne Vouillement and Antoine de Fer. 

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