Auction 123, Lot 652

"Religionis Catholicae per Totam Asiam Disseminatae Exhibitio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Asia

Period: 1703 (circa)

Publication: Geographia Politica…

Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 9 inches
34.5 x 22.9 cm

Geographically this map of Asia is very imaginative. A bulbous Terra Edso (Hokkaido) is attached to Honshu by a narrow isthmus and Compagnie Land is shown to the north of Hokkaido. Nova Zemba is shown as an island; whereas most cartographers of the period depicted only the southern and western coastlines reflecting the discoveries of Barents and Linschoten. The Caspian Sea is depicted in a curious oval shape and the whole of Central Asia is very mountainous. The map illustrates the various missions of the Society of Jesus with the legend distinguishing between stable and temporary missions and regions where the Catholic faith has been disseminated but repulsed. The stunning title cartouche features members of the various Asian races kneeling at the foot of the crucifixion.

References: Yeo #93.

Condition: B+

Faint toning along centerfold and a repair on bottom fold in the blank margin.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $425

Closed on 2/20/2008