Pierre Du Val
10.0 x 12.5 cms
Duval's very rare map of New Mexico, with Californiua as an island and the American southwest. The map shows many mythical places, including the legendary Strait of Anian and the Cities of Cibola, as well as Francis Drakes's landing place and New Albion. "Canada or New France" in the upper right. State 2 of 4. Burden 353.
Pierre Du Val was one of the most influential French mapmakers of the third quarter of the seventeenth century. He was the son-in-law and apprentice of Nicolas Sanson, the foremost French mapmaker of the period. From 1650, he was the official royal Geographer to the King of France Louis XIV, who had encouraged him to move to Paris.
He published a wide range of atlases, individual maps of the world and the continents, as well as wall maps. His work was of great significance.