Auction 165, Lot 648

"Asia Multis in Locis Dei Matrem Colit, et Vicissim Multos Favores ab Illa Accipit", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Asia

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

14 x 9.1 inches
35.6 x 23.1 cm

This precisely engraved map locates the Jesuit missions throughout Asia. The map extends from the Red Sea to the Philippines and includes Indo-China and the East Indies. Scherer's highly imaginative representation of Hokkaido (Iedso) is connected to Honshu by a narrow isthmus. The Mariana Islands form a prominent archipelago trailing off the southeast coast of Japan. Partial outlines of Nova Hollandia, Carpentaria, and Nova Guinea appear at bottom right. The decorative cartouche shows the conversion of the Asian people to Christianity and incorporates a vignette of Adam and Eve with the serpent and the apple tree. Two sailing ships further decorate the map.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #36.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with light toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/15/2017