Rare map of California as an island, the second earliest map to focus on just California and the contigouous coastal regions, after Sanson's map of 1657. Identifies numerous place names on the west coast, inclduing Drake's Bay, Monterey, Pt. Concepcion, San Clemente Island and Cabo San Luca, plus the Island of Santa Cruz in the Mar Vermille. Quivera, Anian and N. Albion are named, along with Cibola. Lac de Conibas is shown. East of the Mountain range in New Meixo, the Apaches, Vaqueros mont suala and Poala are shown, along with a number of other settlements. Of all of the regional maps to focus on California, the Du Val is probably the rarest. Third state. Burden 3534, McLaughin 30.
Pierre Duval (1618-1683) was a French geographer, cartographer, and publisher who worked in Abbeville and Paris during the 17th century. He was born in Abbeville, in northeast France. Duval was the nephew of the famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson, from whom he learned the mapmakers art. Both men worked at the royal court, having followed the royal request for artists to relocate to Paris. In addition to numerous maps and atlases, Duval's opus also includes geographic lexicons in French. Among them is the dictionary about the Opatija in France, the first universal and vernacular geographic dictionary of Europe published in Paris in 1651, and a dictionary about the ancient sites of Asians, Persians, Greeks and the Romans with their equivalent toponyms.