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Auction 92, Lot 84

"America Borealis multis in locis Dei Matrem colit & honorat et Haec suis Cultoribus multos Favores & Beneficia", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

13.7 x 9 inches
34.8 x 22.9 cm
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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 Mississippi River originates in two large lakes in present-day Canada. The spread of Jesuit missions are shown throughout Mexico and Central America. 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: McLaughlin #129.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,400

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/13/2000