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Finely executed miniature map of America, showing California as an Island, published by Pierre du Val.

The map includes a large interesting representation of the Great Lakes, no northwestern coastline for North America, and the Rio Grande (Rio Nort) is flowing into the Gulf of California, rather than the Gulf of Mexico.

Massive Terre De Iesso, extending to California. Curious coastline for New Zealand.

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.