Auction 137, Lot 37

"Navigationes Praecipuae Europaeorum ad Exteras Nationes", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus … Part IV

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 8.8 inches
34.3 x 22.4 cm

Splendid map of the world on an oval projection showing California as an island and a partially mapped Australia and New Zealand. This map is from the series produced by Scherer, who was a mathematics professor and devout Jesuit. It shows the sailing routes to the East Indies across the Pacific, around the Cape of Good Hope, and (optimistically) through a Northeast Passage to Japan. The corners are richly decorated with sailing ships representing the four major European powers, Holland, France, Spain and Britain.

References: Manasek #65; Shirley #631.

Condition: A+

Some light pencil marks in blank margin, far from map image.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/14/2011