"Archipelagi Americani Delineatio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Black & White
13.4 x 8.9 inches
34 x 22.6 cm
This stunning map is focused on the West Indies, with a portion of Central America and the northern tip of South America. The map features an elaborate view topped with a Latin title that translates roughly to These islands produce fruit and commodities that are transported by ship to Spain, France and England. The scene depicts traders and merchantmen loading their ships. Heinrich Scherer was a devout Jesuit and many of the maps and plates in his atlas emphasize the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #115.
A dark impression on a mostly clean sheet with light toning along the centerfold. There are a pair of worm tracks along the centerfold that have been professionally infilled with a tiny portion of image in facsimile.