Auction 112, Lot 337

"Tabula qua Hydrophylacium Andium exhibetur, quo universa America Australis innumeris fluviis lacubus qe irrigatur", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: South America

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

8 x 13.4 inches
20.3 x 34 cm

Very unusual map of South America from one of the first compilations of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. The map is totally devoid of political detail with only a few regional names. Instead the map features the principal rivers, lakes, mountains and volcanoes. The mythical Lake Parime is here mistakenly linked to Lake Titicaca (Parime lacus, alias Titicacca). And a huge crater lake, more closely located to Lake Titicaca, is situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn. The Andes are shown as a chain of live volcanoes. The map is embellished with a large title cartouche at bottom. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.


Condition: A

Faint show through of text on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/28/2005