Auction 88, Lot 341

"Untitled (Fol. I.D. Fig.I)", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Pacific

Period: 1702 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

Size:
13 x 9 inches
33 x 22.9 cm

A most bizarre and unusual map showing a mirror image of the North Pacific with the coastlines of America and Asia reversed, as if viewed from the center of the earth. The ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA is depicted with a heavily indented coastline. Japan has a curious shape with Honshu joined to a bulbous shaped Hokkaido by a narrow isthmus. The seas are filled with strange creatures and large galleons, and the land is engraved with exotic animals. Native figures (each holding an exotic bird) supports a distance measure which stretches between the continents. Large inset of the Eastern hemisphere (also in mirror image). Ref: McLaughlin #159.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $650

Closed on 10/2/1999

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