Nova et Vera Exhibitio Geographica Insularum Marianarum (..) – Scherer (1702)



Description: Antique print, titled: ‘Nova et Vera Exhibitio Geographica Insularum Marianarum (…).’ – Very attractive map of the Mariana Islands, Philippines, Korea, Japan and Indonesia with an inset of the island Guam. What makes Scherer’s maps unusual is their highly decorative Catholic iconography and imagery and the revolutionary thematic nature of many of the maps.


Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Heinrich Scherer’ after an anonymous artist. 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.

  • Date: 1702
  • Technic: Engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
  • Overall size: 15,4 x 10,7 inch
  • Image size: 13,4 x 9,1 inch
  • Condition: Good, given age. Diagonal crease upper left. Original folds as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-59203
  • Storage Location: BG-Iscra-B12-41
  • Price: 2.247,5 Euro / 2.637 USD / 38.330.000 IDR