Auction 117, Lot 45

"Typus Sympathicus Microcosmi Cum Megacosmo", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

8 x 12.5 inches
20.3 x 31.8 cm

This interesting engraving represents the theory that the human body is the cosmography of the microcosm in correlation to Ptolemy's cosmography of the macrocosm. Thus the workings of the human body are an analogy for the workings of the universe. Dutch text on verso. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.


Condition: B

Light foxing with slight show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $160 - $220

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/6/2006