Auction 121, Lot 468

"Descriptio Vorticis Norvegiae et Bothniae eorumqe mirabilium effectuum, quos in fluxu et refluxu operantur", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Scandinavia

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 7.8 inches
19.1 x 19.8 cm

This interesting small map shows Scandinavia with two vortices; one off the western coast of Norway and the other in the Gulf of Bothnia linked by an underground canal. The one of the coast of Norway is known is the original maelstrom, a name used to describe a destructive whirlpool. Kircher's work 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. Among his theories was the existence of a vast network of underground springs and reservoirs interlinked with a system of ocean circulation. On a full sheet of Dutch text. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.


Condition: A

A strong sheet with a little minor toning and foxing confined to the margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/26/2007