Auction 135, Lot 52

"Typus Corporis Lunaris Panselini, Una cum Maculis, Faculis, Montibus…", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Moon

Period: 1678 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 14.4 inches
33 x 36.6 cm

This marvelous engraving is an early view of the moon graphically depicting its craters based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1636 and 1650. Putti in a cloud background hold aloft the banner-style title cartouche. 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, Mapping the World Below, Mercator's World Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 28-31.

Condition: A

A fold separation and tiny tears in the blank margins have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/16/2011