Auction 121, Lot 24

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

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.4 x 8.6 inches
34 x 21.8 cm

Splendid map of the world on an oval projection showing 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 are richly decorated with sailing ships.

References: Shirley #631.

Condition: A

Superb impression. A couple of nearly invisible binding holes on the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/26/2007

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