Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 130

"America Borealis multis in locis Dei Matrem…", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (dated)


Color: Black & White

13.8 x 8.8 inches
35.1 x 22.4 cm

This richly engraved map shows the island of California with a large, central mountain range. It shows the Mississippi River originating in two large lakes in present-day Canada, and the island of California is depicted with an indented top coast on the later Sanson model. A small part of the imaginary land of Anian is separated from the mainland by the Fretum Anian. This is map of North America is from a series that was created by Scherer to show the spread of Catholicism throughout the New World. The Jesuit missions in Mexico and Central America is depicted with a small symbol of a star in a circle. The map is decorated with a pictorial title cartouche depicting the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity. Ships and sea monsters embellish the oceans.

References: McLaughlin #129.

Condition: A

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 3/6/2007