1663 Du Val - Nouveau Mexique [Island of California]
Du Val's charming 1663 miniature Island of California
Pierre Du Val, Le Monde ou la Geographie Universelle
12.2 x 9.9 cm (4.8 x 3.9 in)
Original outline hand color
The island of California is the main focus of this charming miniature map. The map is filled with place names including the mysterious seven cities of Cibola. The R. de Nort (Rio Grande) originates from a large Lac de Conibas and incorrectly flows into the Mer Vermeille.
The map is based on Sanson's Audience de Guadalajara (1657) with the addition of the Destroit d'Anien above the island and several unnamed, north-south, mountain ranges on the mainland.
This is the second state with new nomenclature added in California and Nouvelle Espagne added at lower right. Pierre Du Val was Nicolas Sanson's nephew and pupil. He published a wide range of atlases and individual maps including a fine miniature world geography with many of the maps based on Sanson.
Faint toning along the centerfold.
Burden #353; McLaughlin #30; King (2nd ed) pp. 132-135; Pastoureau, Duval XI Fa.