1702 Scherer - Delineatio Nova Et Vera Partis Australis Novi Mexici [with missions]
Scherer's detailed 1702 map of Baja California, including missions
Delineatio Nova Et Vera Partis Australis Novi Mexici
Munich, c. 1702
23.0 x 35.3 cm (9.1 x 13.9 in)
Attractive map of the Southern Portion of Baja California and contiguous Mexico, based in part on Scherer's correspondence with Fra. Eusebio Kino, the Jesuit Missionary credited with ending the California as and Island myth.
The map is widely regarded as the first detailed mapping of any portion of the interior of the Baja, showing missions, settlements, mountains, rivers, etc.
Large decorative cartouche, large compass rose, sea monsters and sailing ships embellish this map.
Heinrich Scherer (1628-1704) taught as 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.
In mint condition; dark impression.
Burrus, Kino and the Cartography of Northwestern New Spain, p. 17, illustrated between pp. 36 and 37. McLaughlin, The Mapping of California as an Island, no. 158.