"Navigationes Praecipuae Europaeorum ad Exteras Nationes", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 8.8 inches
34.3 x 22.4 cm
Splendid map of the world on an oval projection showing California as an Island and partially mapped Australia and New Zealand. This map is from the series produced by Scherer who was a mathematics professor and devout Jesuit. It shows the sailing routes to the East Indies across the Pacific, around the Cape of Good Hope, and (optimistically) around a Northeast Passage to Japan. The corners of the map are richly decorated with sailing ships representing the major European powers: Britain, Holland, France and Spain.