Auction 170, Lot 579

"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.


Condition: A

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.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 11/14/2018