Auction 124, Lot 71

"Idea Naturalis Americae Borealis Digito dei Formata Geographice Proposita", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

13.7 x 8.7 inches
34.8 x 22.1 cm

This captivating map of North America features a huge island of California, an oversized depiction of the Great Lakes, and a misplaced Mississippi River delta. It is decorated with two cartouches; one is capped with a globe revealing the Western Hemisphere and the other is surrounded with exotic animals, most not native to North America such as a rhinoceros and a lion. The most alluring features of the map are the multitude of fanciful wildlife on the land with sea-life and monsters filling the oceans.

References: McLaughlin #140; Tooley (Amer) p. 132.

Condition: B

A good impression on a sound sheet. The centerfold is faintly toned and has a small wormhole.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 5/7/2008