Auction 125, Lot 27

"Navigationes Praecipuae Europaeorum ad Exteras Nationes", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.4 x 8.6 inches
34 x 21.8 cm

Splendid map of the world on an oval projection showing California as an island and a partially mapped Australia and New Zealand. This map is from the series produced by Scherer, who was a mathematics professor and devout Jesuit. It shows the sailing routes to the East Indies across the Pacific, around the Cape of Good Hope, and (optimistically) through a Northeast Passage to Japan. The corners are richly decorated with sailing ships representing the four major European powers, Holland, France, Spain and Britain.

References: Manasek #65; Shirley #631.

Condition: A

Some printer's ink smudges in blank margins and a tiny rust spot in the map, still very good.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/24/2008

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