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Auction 105, Lot 60

"Systema Ideale Pyrophylaciorum Subterraneorum, quorum montes…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1668 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.2 x 13 inches
41.1 x 33 cm
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The Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher was one of the first compilers of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. This unusual copper engraving shows a cross-section of the earth's interior with its magma core. The surface of the earth is shown with erupting volcanoes and ships sailing in the oceans. Clouds and four wind-heads surround the sphere. A decorative title cartouche completes the fanciful composition with a text panel below.


Condition: A+

Centerfold reinforced.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 12/3/2003