"Idea Naturalis Americae Borealis Digito dei Formata Geographice Proposita", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: North America
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
14 x 8.8 inches
35.6 x 22.4 cm
This captivating map of North America features a huge island of California, an oversized depiction of the Great Lakes, and a misplaced Mississippi River delta. It is decorated with two cartouches; one is capped with a globe revealing the Western Hemisphere and the other is surrounded with exotic animals, most not native to North America such as a rhinoceros and a lion. The most alluring features of the map are the multitude of fanciful wildlife on the land, and the sea-life and monsters filling the oceans.
References: McLaughlin #140; Tooley (Amer) p. 132.