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Richly engraved decorative map of North America, showing California as and Island, in Scherer's distinctive style. Scherer's Atlas Novus was a 7 volume compendium which demonstrated his unique style and devout Jesuit religious values. The atlas was produced by a young Johann Baptiste Homann and others, demonstrating a unique quality which makes this the first "thematic atlas". McLaughlin 162. Includes two decorative cartouches, large immense vignette, sea monster and large sailing ship.