Auction 105, Lot 86

"America Borealis", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (dated)


Color: Black & White

13.7 x 9 inches
34.8 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 richly engraved map shows the Island of California after the Sanson model with a large mountain range. The Great Lakes are prominently depicted and the Mississippi River originates in two large lakes in present-day Canada, and empties into the Sinus Mexicanus too far to the west. The map is decorated with a title cartouche, distance scale, ships and sea monsters.

References: McLaughlin #128; Tooley (Amer) p. 131, #85.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800


Closed on 12/3/2003