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Auction 171, Lot 595

"Mappa Maris Mediterranei Fluxus Currentes et Naturam Motionum Explicans", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Mediterranean

Period: 1682 (circa)

Publication: D'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

22 x 13.4 inches
55.9 x 34 cm
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An unusual map 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. The map is devoid of political information and instead focuses entirely on ocean currents in the Mediterranean Sea. The map extends to include the Black Sea and parts of the Caspian and Red Sea. Kircher's theories included the notion that the world's oceans were all interconnected and thus this map depicts subterranean tunnels connecting the oceans and seas. The decorative title cartouche is surmounted by two putti. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World.


Condition: A

A dark impression, issued folding and now flattened on paper with a Strasburg Lily watermark. There is a 2" tear adjacent to a fold in an unengraved area of the map near top center that has been professionally and seamlessly repaired. There are a few tiny tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/6/2019