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America with California as island. Idea naturalis Americae borealis. Scherer, c1710.

America with California as island. Idea naturalis Americae borealis. Scherer, c1710.

by Scherer, Heinrich

Idea naturalis Americae borealis digito dei formata Geographice proposita an MDCC. cum suo apparatu volucrum piscium et quadrupedum a MDCC. Antique map of North America with California as an island, for early thematic atlas by Jesuit geographer Heinrich Scherer. Munich, c1702.

Wonderful antique map of North America, with a wonderful cartouche of (African) rhinoceros, lion, tiger, and birds; and 20 odd sea creatures. California is still shown as an island, although the map was published after the date that this was disproved. This superb antique map of North America was published in Munich circa 1702, by cartographer Heinrich Scherer (1628-1704) for his Atlas Novus exhibens orbem terraguem per naturae opera, historiae navae acveterus monumenta, artistique geographicae leges et praecepta.. (New Atlas exhibiting the lands, their nature, historic monuments, geography..)

Scherer was a Jesuit geographer, and Professor of Mathematics, Hebrew and Ethics at the University of Dillingen in Germany, and royal tutor to the courts of Mantua and Bavaria. His maps are renowned for their variations from discoveries of their time, but they were definitely interesting maps, and are instantly recognizable for the strongly defined engraving and unusual imagery. This interesting map appeared in one of the earliest thematic atlases, with various animals shown.

The map is in good condition with a narrow border on the right hand side. Double page, with central vertical fold, measures 275 x 375mm (10.75 x 14.75 inches)



Stock Number: amHSh.50PPrice: $1,980.00