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1661 Pierre Du Val

One of The Few Maps to Focus on the Island of California

Rare miniature map of California and the contiguous parts of Mexico and the Southwest, published by Pierre Du Val in Paris.The projection is based on Sanson. 

The map covers all of what would now be New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Oregon and Idaho, extening to the area described as "Canada ou Nouvelle France".

The map shows Cibola, Anian, Quivira and many other mythical places. A fine example of California as an island, one of only a handful of maps to focus on the island as it main feature.

A difficult to acquire, rare map of California and the Southwest.

Condition Description
Minor soiling.
McLaughlin 30-3.
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.