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Auction 150, Lot 50

"Das Unter=irdische Wasser", Happel, Everard Werner

Subject: Earth

Period: 1688 (circa)

Publication: Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt

Color: Hand Color

5.1 x 5.3 inches
13 x 13.5 cm
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This marvelous engraving is a miniature version of Athanasius Kircher's view of a cross-section of the earth's interior, first published in 1665 in his Mundus Subterraneus (The Underground World). The engraving graphically depicts the earth's magma core and underground water sources. The surface of the earth is shown with mountain ranges, erupting volcanoes, and a tiny ship sailing in one of the oceans. Happel published this miniature edition in Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt in einer Kurzen Cosmographia.

References: cf. Kanas, fig. 7.3.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with attractive color, very light toning, marginal soiling, and two minute pin holes only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/17/2014