Rare early map of America, the second earliest map of America to show California as an island published in Paris, after Pierre Mariette's rare re-issue of the Danckerts Wall Map of America. Pre-dates the earliest of the Sanson maps, relying upon a modified version of Briggs. Like Sanson, Briet was born in Abbeville and became a Jesuit at age 18. His Parallela Geographiae was both a modern and classical geographical work. As the title indicates, the map divides the coastlines between the spheres of influence. It is noteworthy that Briet claims the Chesapeake and everything to the North for France, ignoring the English claims to New England. Unusual projection for South America. One of the rarest of the obtainable early maps of California as an island. McLaughlin 10; Burden 286 (the work is sufficiently rare that Burden omits the second map of America in this work).