"Africae Pars Australis", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: Southern Africa
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
13.6 x 9 inches
34.5 x 22.9 cm
This decorative map of southern Africa, Madagascar, and adjacent islands is full of the spurious geography of the period with large lakes, rivers and mountains. The star-like symbol of the Jesuits (IHS) sits atop the distance scale. The title cartouche depicts two lions, an open chest, and two ormolu plates resting on a table. The map is further adorned with flying fish and sailing ships.
References: Norwich #164; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #157.
A nice impression with a hint of offsetting.