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Unrecorded early state of Du Val's scarce map of America, being the first "complete" state of the map.

Du Val's map of America was first issued in 1655, in the second edition of his Cartes Geographiques. Between 1655 and 1687, the map went through at least 12 recorded examples. Both the 1st and 2nd states of the map are essentially "incomplete" states of the map, distinguishable by the lack of nomenclature in California, the Great Lakes and elsewhere. For the first time in this 1664 edition of the map, Du Val adds significant detail to the map, including the many place names in California and off its coast, the names of the 5 Great Lakes, the names of the Oceans (Mer de Californie, Mer de Canada, etc.), place names in Texas and along the Gulf Coast, and the names of a number of East Coast cities, including Charlesfort, Jamestown, London, Bas (Boston?) and Christina. A numer of additional Indian Tribes are also named. There are also extensive notes and annotations throught the present map which are not included in the earlier state.

A fine example of this unrecorded early edition of Du Val's excellent map of America.

Condition Description
Minor printer's ink smudge in title.
Reference
Burden 311 (State 4), McLaughlin 15, Tooley 117; Wagner 425.
Pierre Du Val Biography

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.