"Typus Montis Aetnae ab Authore Observati Ao. 1637", Kircher, Athanasius
Subject: Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy
Period: 1682 (circa)
Publication: D'Onder-Aardse Weereld
Color: Hand Color
15.9 x 14 inches
40.4 x 35.6 cm
Very unusual view with a cut-away to reveal the interior of this famous erupting volcano. The city of Catania is shown in the foreground. This is from Kircher's masterpiece, Subterranean World, 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. Kircher's work 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. It was, in part, based on Kircher's observations of the eruptions of Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius in 1637-38.
A nice example on watermarked paper with an extraneous crease adjacent to the centerfold and a couple of faint spots. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet, and the bottom left margin has been archivally reinforced on verso.