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Auction 168, Lot 49

"Schema Corporis Solaris, Prout ab Auctore et P. Scheinero. Romae Anno 1635 Observatum Suit", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Sun

Period: 1682 (circa)

Publication: D'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 14.4 inches
41.4 x 36.6 cm

This stunning engraving is an early view of the sun shown with solar flares and surface eruptions based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1635. 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. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger.

References: De Vorsey (Mercator's World) Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 28-31.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with very minor soiling. Expertly remargined at top with the border seamlessly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/6/2018