Auction 113, Lot 28

"Tabula Geographico-Hydrographica Motus Oceani, Currentes, Abyssos, Montes Igniuomos in Universo Orbe Indicans, Notat Haec Fig. Abyssos Montes Vulcanios", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: World

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.5 x 13.3 inches
54.6 x 33.8 cm

The Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher was one of the first compilers of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. This extraordinary map depicts ocean currents, volcanoes and deep-sea chasms. The continents are void of political detail and only major lakes, rivers and volcanoes are shown. There are prominent Northwest and Northeast sea passages and a vast southern continent. Kircher's theories included the notion that the world's oceans were all interconnected and subterranean tunnels are shown connecting the oceans and seas. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.

References: Shirley #436.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/7/2005

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