Catalog Archive
Auction 109, Lot 89

"Idea Naturalis Americae Borealis Digito dei Formata Geographice Proposita", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

14 x 9 inches
35.6 x 22.9 cm

This captivating map of North America features a huge island of California, an oversized depiction of the Great Lakes, and a misplaced Mississippi River delta. It is decorated with two cartouches, one is capped with a globe revealing the Western Hemisphere and the other, at the lower left corner, is surrounded with exotic animals, most not native to North America. The most alluring feature of the map are the multitude of fanciful wildlife on the land with sea-life and monsters filling the oceans.

References: McLaughlin #140; Tooley (America) p. 132.

Condition: A+

Great impression. Two tiny spots in bottom blank margin, well away from map.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $950

Closed on 12/1/2004