Auction 112, Lot 66

"Schema Corporis Solaris, prout ab Auctore et P. Scheinero…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Sun

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 14.5 inches
41.9 x 36.8 cm

This stunning engraving is an early view of the sun shown with solar flares and surface eruptions based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1635. Kircher's masterpiece, titled Mundus subterraneus (The Underground World) was the first serious effort to describe the physical makeup of the earth, proposing theories (sometimes fantastic) in the areas of physics, geography, geology, and chemistry. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.


Condition: A

Faint toning along centerfold, still very good.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/28/2005