"America Australis", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: South America
Period: 1699 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Black & White
13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm
A crisply engraved map of South America filled with towns and pictorial representations of the mountainous topography. Near Guyana, the fictitious lake of Parime is named with the mythical city of Dorado shown upon its shores. A number of ships sail the seas, and the map is decorated with a cartouche showing the bounty of South America, including fat-tailed sheep. The scale of miles is topped with the symbol for the Society of Jesus. Heinrich Scherer, professor of mathematics at Munich, was a devout Jesuit. Many of the maps and plates in his atlas emphasize the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.
An excellent impression on a strong sheet with folds as issued. A tiny paper flaw or worm track in an unengraved portion of the sea near the Prime Meridian, otherwise a fine example.