Auction 158, Lot 203

"Tabula Fluxus et Refluxus, Rationes in Mari Anglico Caeterisq Circumjacentibus Littoribus Exhibens", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: North Atlantic

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: De Onder-Aardse Wereld

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.8 x 7.8 inches
19.8 x 19.8 cm

This unusual map is from Kircher's masterpiece, 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. It was the first book to describe the ocean's currents, shown here with the coastlines of Britain, Scandinavia, Iceland, and the mythical island of Frisland, as well as sketchy coastlines of Western Europe and Canada. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger. On a full sheet of Dutch text measuring 9.8 x 14.9".

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Condition: A

A dark impression with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/22/2016

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