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Auction 156, Lot 18

"Repraesentatio Totius Orbis Terraquei Cuius Partes, quae Umbra Carent, Fide Catholica Imbutae Sunt, Reliquae Omnes Inumbratae Religionis Catholicae Expertes Sunt", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: World - Polar

Period: 1702 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 9.3 inches
35.3 x 23.6 cm

This is a dramatic depiction of the world presented on a polar projection. The map is shaded to indicate the spread of the Catholic religion throughout the world, with lighter regions depicting those visited by Jesuit missionaries. California is shown as an island, and above it is the Fretum Anian. The title is enclosed in a strapwork cartouche with a symbolic scene on the right showing the separation of the sheep from the goats, with the sheep turning into human souls and ascending to heaven and the goats descending to hell -- in the form of a fanged monster, per the parable in Matthew 25. A risen Christ is shown above the scene and to the left is Magellan's ship. Numerous sea monsters and exotic fish occupy the oceans. Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this work to emphasize the extent of Catholic influence in the New World.

References: Shirley #628; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #20.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with attractive color and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/17/2016