"Tabula Geographico-Hydrographica Motus Oceani, Currentes, Abyssos, Montes Igniuomos in Universo Ore Indicans...", Kircher, Athanasius
Period: 1665 (circa)
Publication: D'Onder-Aardse Weereld
Color: Hand Color
22 x 13.4 inches
55.9 x 34 cm
The Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher was one of the first compilers of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. This extraordinary map depicts ocean currents, volcanoes and deep-sea chasms. The continents are void of political detail and only major lakes, rivers and volcanoes are shown. There are prominent Northwest and Northeast sea passages and a vast southern continent. Kircher's theories included the notion that the world's oceans were all interconnected and subterranean tunnels are shown connecting the oceans and seas. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World.
See also lot 848 for Rodney Shirley's The Mapping of the World - Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700 that describes this map.
References: Shirley #436.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet, issued folding with several small worm holes that have been professionally infilled.