Auction 116, Lot 22

"Navigationes Praecipuae Europaeorum ad Exteras Nationes", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV

Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 8.6 inches
34 x 21.8 cm

This splendid map of the world on an oval projection shows California as an island and a 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) through a Northeast Passage to Japan. The corners of the map are richly decorated with sailing ships.

References: Shirley #631.

Condition: A

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/20/2006