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Auction 130, Lot 27

"Iter S. Francisci Xaverii Ex Europa in India, & Iaponiam", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

14 x 9 inches
35.6 x 22.9 cm
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This unusual and very decorative world map is presented on an oval projection. Scherer, a devout Jesuit, produced his geographical compendium to depict the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world. This map marks the travels of St. Francis Xavier with views of his ship decorating each corner. The map depicts California as an island, hints at a northwest passage, shows parts of Australia and New Zealand and includes an island east of Japan called Compagnie Land.

References: Shirley #632.

Condition: A

There is a minor printer's crease at top, else fine.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/2/2009