Auction 117, Lot 394

"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

Size:
8 x 13.5 inches
20.3 x 34.3 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.

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Condition: A

Light foxing in blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/6/2006

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