Auction 111, Lot 39

"Systema Ideale Quo Exprimitur Aquarum per Canales hyrdagogos subterraneos…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1678 (published)

Publication: Mundus Subterraneus

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 14.2 inches
40.1 x 36.1 cm

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 and underground water sources. 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: B

Issued folding and now pressed. Paper replaced at binding trim and tissue repair of a six inch tear, now very unobtrusive.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/8/2005