"Tabula Fluxus et Refluxus, Rationes in Mari Anglico Caeterisque Circumjacentibus Littoribus Exhibens", Kircher, Athanasius
Subject: North Atlantic
Period: 1682 (published)
Publication: D'Onder-Aardse Weereld
Color: Hand Color
7.6 x 7.7 inches
19.3 x 19.6 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. On a sheet of Dutch text measuring 9.4 x 14.7".
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with a "BR" watermark and light damp stains along the edges of the sheet.