Amerique Septemtrionale [sic] . [upper left sheet of:] Carte Universelle du Monde vulgairement dite la Mappemonde.

DU VAL, Pierre (1618-1683)

Published by M.elle Du Val, Fille de l'Auteur, Paris, 1684
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Engraved map, period hand-colouring in outline. Rare separate issue of the North American sheet from Du Val's 1679 world map. According to Shirley, each of the four sheets which comprise this very rare wall map were published separately. "Each sheet, as issued, originally contained its own title and key which could be trimmed off when the four sheets were joined to form a single large map" (Shirley). The present copy of the North American sheet includes such a title, present in the area below the equator which is marked by a line of gradients indicating where the map would have been trimmed had it been assembled with other sheets as a wall map. The depiction of America is quite interesting. The map is largely based on previous mappings by Sanson and includes the trade routes across the Pacific. California is depicted as an island and a speculative aspect also dominates the portrayal of the rest of the American Southwest, such as the labelling of the mythical land of "Quivira" on the mainland, and the depiction of the Rio Grande as having its source in the fictitious "Lac de Conibas". Wagner notes the map for its cartography of the northwest coast, describing it as a "Sanson map with the Terre de Iesso or Eso between the Destroit d'Anian next to California and the Destroit de Vriez" (Wagner). The depiction of the American Northeast is somewhat more progressive than that shown by Sanson: New York (i.e. Nouvelle Holande), Boston, Virginia and Maryland are each specifically named. Most of the American Southeast is shown as a part of the great Spanish territory of "Floride," which extends north into the Carolinas. Interestingly, this map seems to have included a rhetorical device intended to promote the idea of a Northwest Passage, with the route of an anonymous voyage through the Northwest Passage shown, dated 1665 and terminating in Button's Bay. At roughly the same time as the present map (i.e. the world map from which this comprises the upper left corner), Du Val also issued a four sheet map of North and South America ("L'Amerique Suivant les derniers Relations avec les Routes que l'on tient pour Les Indes Occidentales"). Cartographically, the mappings are quite similar. Two issues of the world map were produced, this being from the second dated 1684. Shirley, Mapping the World 489; Wagner Cartography of the Northwest Coast 424. Not in Burden, The Mapping of North America or Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada. Bookseller Inventory # 25596

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Title: Amerique Septemtrionale [sic] . [upper left ...

Publisher: M.elle Du Val, Fille de l'Auteur, Paris

Publication Date: 1684

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