Auction 122, Lot 60

"Systema Ideale Pyrophylaciorum Subterraneorum, quorum montes…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16 x 13 inches
40.6 x 33 cm

This unusual copper engraving shows a cross-section of the earth's interior with its magma core. The surface of the earth is shown with erupting volcanoes and ships sailing in the oceans. Clouds and four wind-heads surround the sphere. A decorative title cartouche completes the fanciful composition with a text panel below. The Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher was one of the first compilers of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. This is from a Dutch edition of Kircher's masterpiece, an immense and amazing work covering all aspects of anything that dwelled or occurred within the earth's interior - from dragons, to fossils, to mountain springs, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/5/2007

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