"Repraesentatio Totius Orbis Terraquei Cuius Partes, Quae Umbra Carent, Fide Catholica Imbutae sunt, Reliquae Omnes Inumbratae Religionis Catholicae Expertes sunt", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1702 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm
Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this work to emphasize the extend of Catholic influence in the New World. The map is presented on a polar projection and is shaded to indicate the spread of the Catholic religion throughout the world. California is shown as an Island. Title enclosed in a strapwork cartouche with a symbolic scene on the right showing the separation of the sheep from the goats, with the sheep ascending to heaven and the goats descending to hell. A risen Christ is shown above the scene. To the left is Magellan's ship. Numerous sea monsters occupy the oceans.
References: Shirley #628.
Splendid later color exquisitely highlighted with gold leaf.