"Imago Totius Orbis Terraquei cum suo Apparatu ab Auctore Naturae in Suas Partes Distributi Geographice Exhibita", Scherer, Heinrich
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
14.1 x 8.9 inches
35.8 x 22.6 cm
This unusual polar projection depicts the entire world except the South Pole. California is shown as an island and there is a suggestion of a Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay. There is a distorted portion of Australia noted as Nova Hollandia. The map has delightful depictions of birds and wind heads in the heavens as well as fish and monsters swimming the seas. The beautiful cartouche is filled with animals and two small diagrams illustrating tidal effects flank the map. Heinrich Scherer, professor of mathematics at Munich, was a devout Jesuit whose work emphasized the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.
See also lot 819 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, which discusses this map.
References: Shirley #627; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #12.
A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet. There are remnants of paper tape used for framing along the top sheet edge, away from the map image.