Antique Map of South America by Scherer (c.1700)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Minor crease right edge. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1700
  • Overall size: 21 x 27 cm.
  • Image size: 18.3 x 23.5 cm.

€ 149,50($ 175.95 / £ 136.51)

Description: Antique map of part of South America. Two maps on a single sheet, each depicting nearly the same area. On close examination there are slight differences in the rivers, lakes and mountain ranges. Major cities are located including the mythical Dorado. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Heinrich Scherer (1628-1704) was a Professor of Hebrew, Mathematics and Ethics at the University of Dillingen until about 1680. Thereafter he obtained important positions as Official Tutor to the Royal Princes of Mantua and Bavaria. It was during his time in Munich as Tutor to the Princely house of Bavaria that his lifetime’s work as a cartographer received acclaim and recognition. Scherer’s world atlas, the Atlas Novus, first published in Munich between 1702 and 1710 and reissued in a second edition between 1730 and 1737, forms a singularly unusual, almost revolutionary work in terms of the development of European mapmaking at the beginning of the 18th Century.