Auction 117, Lot 423

"Tabula Fluxus et Refluxus, rationes in Mari Anglico…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: North Atlantic Ocean

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

7.8 x 7.8 inches
19.8 x 19.8 cm

This unusual map is from Kircher's masterpiece, 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. It was the first book to describe the ocean's currents - the focus of this map that shows Britain, Scandinavia, Iceland and the mythical island of Frisland, as well as sketchy coastlines of Western Europe and Canada. On a full sheet of Dutch text. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger. Printed on a full sheet of Dutch text (10.7 x 17").


Condition: A

Fine impression and attractive color with some faint foxing, mostly in margins.

Estimate: $130 - $180

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/6/2006