Auction 126, Lot 449

"Exhibitio Totius Europae, Cuius Provinciae Fide Catholica…", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Europe

Period: 1703 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.5 x 8.7 inches
34.3 x 22.1 cm

This fascinating map illustrates Catholic Europe, which is unshaded, while the non-Catholic regions are shrouded in darkness. The dramatic cartouche is filled with iconography of St. Peter the Apostle: Christ bestowing the keys of the kingdom on St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica with the Shepherd's flock grazing in the background, while St. Peter casts his net in the Sea of Galilee. Heinrich Scherer, professor of mathematics at Munich, was a devout Jesuit. Many of the maps and plates in the atlas emphasize the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.

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Condition: B

The map is very attractive and sound. But there is some mildew damage at bottom that has been reinforced with tissue on the verso.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $230

Closed on 12/3/2008

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