Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1681 (published)
Publication: Geographiae Universalis…
Color: Hand Color
5 x 4.2 inches
12.7 x 10.7 cm
This delightful miniature map of the Americas shows California as an island and the F. Anien separating California from a huge Terre de Iesso. The Spanish colony of Sa. Fe is identified, Quebec is shown as the capital of the French possessions and St. Augustine is shown in Florida. N. Suede is incorrectly shown, as the Dutch took possession of that colony in 1655. In the Pacific, the recently discovered coastline of New Zealand is depicted; but it incorrectly runs in an east-west orientation. In South America the mythical city of Manoa appears on a spurious large lake that straddles the equator.
Pierre Duval 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. This map is from the German edition of Duval's world geography. The maps were probably engraved by Sigismund G. Hipschman (as his signature appears on the title page and the world map) and have Latin titles rather than the original French. The maps are often attributed to Johann C. Beer, who translated the work into German.
References: Burden #499; King (2nd ed.) pp. 144-45; McLaughlin #26.
There are some minor extraneous creases, else fine.