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Auction 104, Lot 100

"Religionis Catholicae in America Boreali Disseminatae Repraesentatio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1703 (circa)

Publication: Geographia Hierarchica

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 8.5 inches
33.8 x 21.6 cm

Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this one of a series of maps of North America to emphasize the extent of Catholic influence in the New World. The richly engraved map shows the Island of California with an indented northern coast, interior mountains and no place names. Fretum Anian is placed to the northeast of California. The Mississippi River originates in present-day Canada and flows into the Sinus Mexicanus in present-day Texas. The Great Lakes are prominent, owing to the Jesuit sources of the map. The map is decorated with a pictorial title cartouche showing Jesus on the cross with the people of the world kneeling before him. Ships and sea monsters embellish the oceans.

References: McLaughlin #161; Tooley (America) #87.

Condition: A

Faint centerfold stain in bottom margin.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/10/2003