"Imago Totius Orbis Terraquei cum suo Apparatu ab Auctore Naturae in suas Partes Distributi Geographic Exhibita", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Black & White
14 x 8.8 inches
35.6 x 22.4 cm
Unusual polar projection, with entire world except the South Pole displayed. California is shown as an island, and there is a suggestion of a Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay. South America and Africa are highly distorted, and Japan has the fictitious I. Iedso attached to it . There is a distorted portion of Australia noted as Nova Hollandia. The map has delightful depictions of birds and wind heads in the heavens as well as fish and monsters swimming the seas. The beautiful cartouche is filled with animals and two small astronomical diagrams flank the map. Heinrich Scherer, professor of mathematics at Munich was a devout Jesuit whose work emphasizes the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.
References: Shirley #627.
On a fine sheet with very wide margins. Faint, barely visible damp stain in lower margin at centerfold, still fine.