"Religionis Catholicae in America Boreali Disseminatae Repraesentatio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: North America
Period: 1702 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Black & White
13.5 x 8.5 inches
34.3 x 21.6 cm
This richly engraved map shows the island of California with an indented northern coast, interior mountains and no place names except S. Bruno on the southern tip of the island. Fretum Anian is placed to the northeast of California. The Mississippi River originates in present-day Canada and flows into the Sinus Mexicanus in present-day Texas. The Great Lakes are prominent, owing to the Jesuit sources of the map. The map is decorated with a pictorial title cartouche of Jesus on the cross, with the people of the New World world kneeling before him. A multitude of galleons and sea monsters embellish the oceans. The legend at the bottom notes the locations of missions, both temporary and permanent. Heinrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this series of maps of North America to emphasize the extent of Catholic influence in the New World.
References: McLaughlin #121; Tooley (Amer) p. 132, #87.
An excellent impression on a clean sheet with folds as issued. Manuscript pagination in top right margin contemporary to the map.