Auction 166, Lot 78

"America Borealis Multis in Locis Dei Matrem Colit & Honorat, et Haec suis Cultoribus Multos Favores & Beneficia Praestat", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1699 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 9.1 inches
35.3 x 23.1 cm

Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this work to emphasize the extent of Catholic influence in the New World. 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. 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; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #39.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with light toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/14/2018