"Repraesentatio Americae Borealis cuius Provinciae Vera Fide Illuminatae Umbram non Habent, Reliquae Umbris Immersae sunt", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: North America
Period: 1702-37 (published)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Black & White
14 x 9.2 inches
35.6 x 23.4 cm
One of the most graphic maps in this series of North American maps. California is depicted as an island with a nearly flat northern coast and only two placenames in the south. The map is engraved with various shading to show the areas converted to Christianity, those exposed to the gospel, and those still heathen. The map is decorated with two cartouches held aloft by cherubs, a large ship, bearing Jesuit priests, sailing in the Atlantic, and the entire Pacific region is engraved with a scene of Christ in a wheat field surrounded by six followers with sickles.
References: McLaughlin #162; Tooley (America) plt. #60; Leighly #108 & #153.