Auction 113, Lot 788

"Hydrophylacium Africae precipuum, in Montibus Lunae…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

16 x 13.5 inches
40.6 x 34.3 cm

Fascinating map of the southern part of Africa showing the fountains of the Nile located in an underground cavern beneath the Mountains of the Moon. Kircher's map illustrates a report by Peter Paez, a contemporary Jesuit colleague, that purportedly observed the 'fountains' in 1618. Athanasius Kircher was a Jesuit scholar whose theories included the notion that the world's oceans were all interconnected and there was a vast network of underground springs and reservoirs. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.

References: Norwich #157.

Condition: A

Fine impression and attractive later color. Small stain at upper left, else fine.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $500

Closed on 12/7/2005