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Auction 138, Lot 367

One of the earliest maps devoted to the Island of California

"Nouveau Mexique", Duval, Pierre

Subject: Southwestern United States, California and Mexico

Period: 1663 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.8 inches
12.2 x 9.7 cm

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 Rio Nort (Rio Grande) originates from a large Lac de Conibas and incorrectly flows into the Mare Vermeio. 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 much new nomenclature added on California and Nouvelle Espagne added at lower right.

References: Burden #353; McLaughlin #30.

Condition: A

The upper right corner has been expertly repaired.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 12/7/2011