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Pierre Du Val:  Nouveau Mexique [California as an Island]

Maps of California (California, Nevada, Arizona)


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Title: Nouveau Mexique [California as an Island]

Map Maker: Pierre Du Val

Place / Date: Paris / 1660 (1672)

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 5.5 x 4 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $750.00

Inventory ID: 48386


Description:

Fine example of the third state of Pierre Du Val's rare map of California as an island, the second earliest map to focus on just California.

Du Val's map is the second earliest regional map to focus just on California, after Sanson's map of 1657.

The map identifies numerous place names on the west coast, including Drake's Bay, Monterey, Pt. Concepcion, San Clemente Island and Cabo San Luca, plus the Island of Santa Cruz in the Mar Vermille. Quivera, Anian and N. Albion, are named, along with Cibola. Lac de Conibas is shown.

East of the Mountain range in New Meixo, the Apaches, Vaqueros Mont Suala and Poala are shown, along with a number of other settlements.

Of all of the smaller regional maps to focus on California, the Du Val is probably the rarest. 

The present example is state 2, with the states identified as follows:

  • 1660.  Nle. Espagne in lower right corner.
  • 1662.  Nouvelle Espagne in lower right corner.
  • 1672.  Nouvelle Espagne ou Mexique in lower right corner.
  • 1687.  Plate # 11 added to lower right corner.


Condition Description: Laid on a larger sheet of paper.


References: McLaughlin 30, Burden 353


Related Categories:
Maps of Baja California
Maps of California (California, Nevada, Arizona)
Maps of Southwest America (Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas)