Auction 109, Lot 20

"Repraesentatio Totius Orbis Terraquei Cuius Partes, quae Umbra Carent, Fide, Catholica Imbutae sunt, Reliquae Omnes Inumbratae Religionis Catholicae Expertes sunt", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World,

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus… Part II… Geographica Hierarchica…

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 9.2 inches
35.1 x 23.4 cm

Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this work to emphasize the extent 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. The title is 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, per the . A risen Christ is shown above the scene and to the left is Magellan's ship. Numerous sea monsters occupy the oceans.

References: Shirley #628.

Condition: A

Some printer's plate ink residue else very fine.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400


Closed on 12/1/2004