Auction 112, Lot 7

"[Atlas Novus Frontispiece]", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Title Pages - South Asia

Period: 1703 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.6 x 9.6 inches
19.3 x 24.4 cm

This fascinating frontispiece was designed by Johannes Deger and engraved by Joseph à Montalegre. At center is a circular map of South Asia surrounded by the heavens and the signs of the zodiac. The land is filled with depictions of wildlife (including a unicorn) and the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and the sea is filled with a variety of sea monsters. A cloud background surrounds the map with putti representing the four elements in each corner, each holding a cartouche enveloping a psalm. Scherer, a devout Jesuit, produced this geographical compendium to depict the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.


Condition: A

Minor soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/28/2005