"Navigationes Praecipuae Europaeorum ad Exteras Nationes", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV
Color: Hand Color
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.
Some printer's ink smudges in blank margins and a tiny rust spot in the map, still very good.