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Auction 118, Lot 890

"[Pacific Ocean and Northern Rim]", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Geographica Politica

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 9 inches
34.3 x 22.9 cm

This bizarre and unusual map shows a mirror image of the North Pacific with the coastlines of America and Asia reversed, as if viewed from the center of the earth. The island of California is depicted with a heavily indented coastline. Japan has a curious shape with Honshu joined to a bulbous shaped Hokkaido by a narrow isthmus. The seas are filled with strange creatures and exquisitely engraved galleons, and the land is teeming with exotic animals. Native figures (each holding an exotic bird) support a distance measure that stretches between the continents. Inset with a large map of the Eastern hemisphere, also in mirror image.

References: McLaughlin #159.

Condition: B

Truly beautiful impression. Light toning on centerfold.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 3/6/2007