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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) 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 seventeenth century. He was born in the former city, in northeast France, before moving to Paris. Duval was the nephew of the famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson, from whom he learned the mapmaker's art and skills. 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, Du Val's opus also includes geography texts. He held the title of geographe ordinaire du roi from 1650 and died in 1683, when his wife and daughters took over his business.