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Auction 109, Lot 21

"Beatam Medicent Omnes Generationes", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus…Part III…Atlas Marianus…

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm

Very decorative map of the world centered on the Pacific. In North America, California is shown as an island and there is a very distinctive Northwest Passage. The reports of the early Jesuits and French explorers are in evidence in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley. In Asia the eastern coast is truncated and Japan oversized. Australia and New Guinea are incomplete, leaving open the prospect that the two are connected. The large title (actually a Bible verse - Luke 1) cartouche incorporates a personification of the Virgin Mary with each corner filled with a scene of a devotional queen representing the continents. The lovely composition is completed with two large sailing ships.

References: Shirley #630.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/1/2004