Auction 117, Lot 17

"Iter S. Francisci Xaverii Ex Europa in India, & Iaponiam", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

14 x 9.1 inches
35.6 x 23.1 cm

This is an unusual and very decorative world map on an oval projection. Scherer, a devout Jesuit, produced his geographical compendium to depict the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world. This map marks the travels of St. Francis Xavier with views of his ship decorating each corner. The map depicts California as an Island, hints at a northwest passage, shows parts of Australia and New Zealand and includes an island east of Japan called Compagnie Land.

References: Shirley #632.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and lovely color.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 12/6/2006