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Auction 133, Lot 81

"America Borealis multis in locis Dei Matrem colit & honorat…", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Marianus - Atlas Novus, Part III

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm
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This richly engraved map shows the island of California with a large, central mountain range. It shows the Mississippi River originating in two large lakes in present-day Canada, and the island of California is depicted with an indented top coast on the later Sanson model. A small part of the imaginary land of Anian is separated from the mainland by the Fretum Anian. This map of North America is from a series that was created by Scherer to show the spread of Catholicism throughout the New World. The Jesuit missions in Mexico and Central America are depicted with a small symbol of a star in a circle. The map is decorated with a pictorial title cartouche depicting the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity. Ships and sea monsters embellish the oceans.

References: Burden #755; McLaughlin #129.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/1/2010