"Tabula Geographica Hydrophylacium Asiae Majoris", Kircher, Athanasius
Subject: Southern Asia
Period: 1682 (published)
Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld
Color: Hand Color
16 x 13.3 inches
40.6 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 very unusual map depicts all of southern Asia from the Arabian peninsula to the Philippines including the East Indies to the Celebes. It extends north to show part of the Caspian Sea. The map has limited political detail with only regions and countries named, plus the principal rivers, lakes and mountains. A huge subterranean lake in the area of Nepal and Tibet is the principle source for most of the rivers in Asia. Decorative title cartouche features angels or putti, and Neptune. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.