Unusual map on an oval projection. Scherer, a devout Jesuit, produced this geographical compendium to depict the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world. This map marks the travels of St. Francis Xavier. The map depicts California as an Island, hints at a northwest passage, shows parts of Australia and New Zealand and includes an island east of Japan called Compagnie Land. In each corner is a beautifully engraved ship.