Richly engraved decorative map of the world, centered on the Pacific and showing an incomplete Australia and New Guinea, leaving open the prospect that the two are connected. California is showns as an Island with a very distinctive Northwest Passage. Japan is shown in the projection unique to Scherer. The treatment of SE Asia and the Indian subcontinent is based upon contemporary Jesuit reports. The reports of the early jesuits and French is in evidence in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley regions. Two large sailing ships, four representations of the Continents as women and two large decorative cartouches. The engraving work and imagery in Scherer's maps is unsurpassed. A nice example of this highly desirable map.
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1703 Heinrich Scherer