"America Australis", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: South America
Period: 1699 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
14 x 9 inches
35.6 x 22.9 cm
A crisply engraved map of South America filled with towns and pictorial representations of the mountainous topography. Near Guyana, the fictitious lake of Parime is named with the mythical city of Dorado on its shores. A number of ships sail the sea, and a cartouche displays the bounty of South America including fat-tailed sheep. The scale of miles is topped with the symbol for the Society of Jesus. Heinrich Scherer, professor of mathematics at Munich, was a devout Jesuit. Many of the maps and plates in his atlas emphasize the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.
A dark impression on a sound sheet. There is a small tear in the lower margin, not affecting the map.