Auction 122, Lot 20

"Societas Iesu Per universum mundum diffusa Praedicat Christi Evangelium", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1702 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm

An exquisite depiction of the world from this series of maps by the Jesuit mathematician. The map is presented on a north polar projection and shows California as an island. Large shining, star-like symbols mark the locations of Jesuit missions throughout the world. Each corner is richly engraved with allegorical scenes of four Jesuit saints: St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order; Father Joseph Anchieta, Apostle of Brazil; Andreas Oviedus, Patriarch of Ethiopia; and St. Francis Xavier, Apostle of India. There are many cherubs supporting a number of Latin cartouches such as this one under St. Francis Xavier quoting Matthew 28; " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." The map is further adorned with ships and sea monsters. Fine example in original uncolored state.

References: Shirley #629.

Condition: A+

Superb impression on a strong sheet with original margins.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 12/5/2007