1729. Americae Aucta Delineatio [California as an Island]

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Americae Aucta Delineatio [California as an Island]

Decorative map from a scarce A.F. Zurner atlas. Full original color. Shows a unique projection of California as an island, and marvelous Terra Iesso, running from Fretum Anian to Japan. Bits of Australia are shown as Quiri Regio. A nice scarce map.

Adam Friedrich Zürner (15 August 1679 – 18 December 1742) was a German Protestant priest, cartographer and the head of construction of the Kursächsische Postmeilensäulen in Saxony.

Zurner's first project of note was a map of Saxony, for which he was retained by August III, King of Poland, in 1711.  

Zurner was appointed Geographer of Poland and the Electorate of Saxony, a position in which he served until 1732.  In this time period, he reportedly traveled nearly 18,000 miles and created over 900 maps.

In 1721, he was tasked with establishing a postal road system in Saxony and marking the distances with stone posts.  

His work resulted in the Atlas Augusteus Sauronicus (40 maps plus key sheet), which remained incomplete until after Zurner's death, but was ultimately sold to Pieter Schenk in Amsterdam in about 1745.  Schenk's completed work (49 maps, published in Amsterdam and Leipzig) was issued without reference to Zurner's name, under the title Atlas Saxonicus.

Despite his prolific work product, none of Zurner's original manuscript maps seem to survive.  

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Adam Friedrich Zurner. Johann Christoph Weigel.

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