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Auction 98, Lot 43

"Opus Naturae, Opus Intelligentiae", Zahn, Johannes

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1696 (circa)

Publication: Mundus Mirabili … Speculae Physico-Mathematico-Historicae

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 14 inches
41.9 x 35.6 cm
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An uncommon map presenting a cross-section of the earth's interior with its magma core and underground water sources. The surface of the earth is shown with erupting volcanoes and ships sailing in the oceans. The sphere is surrounded by clouds and six wind-heads. Two decorative title cartouches complete the fanciful composition.


Condition: A

Superb impression with faint printer's ink smudge in lower cartouche.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 3/6/2002