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Auction 91, Lot 77

"America Borealis",

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

9 x 13.7 inches
22.9 x 34.8 cm

Henrich Scherer, a mathematics professor and Jesuit, produced this work to emphasize the extend of Catholic influence in the New World. The richly engraved map shows the ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA with a large mountain range. The Great Lakes are prominently depicted and the Mississippi River originates in two large lakes in present-day Canada, and empties into the "Sinus Mexicanus" too far west. The map is decorated with a title cartouche, distance scale, ships and sea monsters. Ref: McLaughlin #128; Tooley (America) p. 131. Fine impression and condition.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 6/14/2000