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Auction 118, Lot 92

"Schema Corporis Solaris, prout ab Auctore et P. Scheinero…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Sun

Period: 1664 (circa)

Publication: Mundus subterraneus

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 14.5 inches
41.9 x 36.8 cm
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This stunning engraving is an early view of the sun shown with solar flares and surface eruptions based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1635. Kircher's masterpiece, titled Mundus subterraneus (The Underground World) was 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.

References: De Vorsey (Mercator's World) Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 28-31.

Condition: A+

Gorgeous impression, wide, clean margins.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 3/6/2007