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1703 Scherer Map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies

Insulae Indicae Cum Terris Circumvicinis.

1703 Scherer Map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies


A wonderfully engraved map of the East Indies.



Insulae Indicae Cum Terris Circumvicinis.
  1710 (undated)    9.5 x 14.25 in (24.13 x 36.195 cm)     1 : 50000000


This is a c. 1703 Heinrich Scherer map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies. The map depicts the region from India and Sri Lanka to the Marianas and New Guinea and from Hainan to northern Australia. Islands throughout the region are labeled, including Luzon, Mindanao, Borneo, Celebes, Java, and Sumatra. New Guinea, illustrated in the lower right corner, is split in two and labeled as the Terra dos Papous and Nova Guinea, with Nova Guinea attached to northern Australia. Several cities, including Manila, Malacca, and Achem, are labeled. A decorative title cartouche is situated in the lower left corner and a cartouche bearing different scales is located on the lower right, topped by the symbol of the Jesuits. Four beautifully engraved boats ply the waters of the region.

This map was created by Heinrich Scherer and published in his Atlas Novus c. 1703. There


Heinrich Scherer (1628 - 1704) was a Jesuit cartographer, geographer, and professor. Scherer served as a Professor of Hebrew, Ethics, and Mathematics at the University of Dillingen in Germany until around 1680 when he became the Official Tutor to the Royal Princes of Mantua and Bavaria in Munich. During his time in Munich, Scherer's work as a cartographer gained recognition and acclaim. His atlas, the Atlas Novus was first published between 1702 and 1710 and subsequently reissued between 1730 and 1737. The Atlas Novus is recognized as a revolutionary work that highlighted the highly sophisticated cartographical work accomplished by Jesuits during the early 18th century. The atlas featured maps from all over the known world and included the religious tendencies of the given region, along with the desire to promulgate the Catholic faith.


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