Striking map of the Northern Celestial Sky, with a projection of the Northern Hemisphere in the interior. The terrestrial projection shows California as an Island and a potential NW Passage and also a possible continuous landmass to Asia. The Celestial projection shows three dimensional representations of the constellations. The map rests on the back of a lion, wearing a crown. One of the most decorative of Scherer's title pages. Scherer's epic work is one of the great late 17th and early 18th Century Cartographic works and is especially prized for its stunning engraving and evocative images. Narrow left margin, but otherwise a flawless example.
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1705 Heinrich Scherer