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D'onder-aardse weereld in haar goddelijk maaksel en wonderbare uitwerkselen aller dingen; door den cerwaardigen vader Athanasius Kircherus in XII bocken nauwkeurig beschreven. Vervat in II deelen. Waar van dit eerste handeld van het wiskundig werkstuk des aardkloots in 't heel-al ... Nu eerst uit het Latijn vertaalt by  Athanasius KIRCHER - First Edition - 1682 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books and Biblio.com

D'onder-aardse weereld in haar goddelijk maaksel en wonderbare uitwerkselen aller dingen; door den cerwaardigen vader Athanasius Kircherus in XII bocken nauwkeurig beschreven. Vervat in II deelen. Waar van dit eerste handeld van het wiskundig werkstuk des aardkloots in 't heel-al ... Nu eerst uit het Latijn vertaalt

by KIRCHER, Athanasius

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1682 1ed Mundus Subterraneus Kircher Geology DRAGONS Demons Alchemy ATLANTIS

Athanasius Kircher was a 17th-century Jesuit scholar who published works on a wide variety of topics. He studied magnetism, geology, medicine, even Egyptian hieroglyphs. Perhaps, though, his most important contribution to the scientific world was his book 'Mundus Subterraneus' – a collection of his geological and geographical studies. According to Merrill,

"Major topics include gravity, the moon, the sun, eclipses, ocean currents, subterranean waters and fires, meteorology, rivers and lakes, hydraulics, minerals and fossils, subterranean giants, beasts and demons, poisons, metallurgy and mining, alchemy, the universal seed and the generation of insects, herbs, astrological medicine, distillation and fireworks."

In this monumental work, Kircher extensively describes countless aspects of the physical world – a description of the interior of Vesuvius, unexplained noises in the Strait of Messina, large human bones of extinct giant races, and, most intriguingly, a section devoted to the lost island of Atlantis. Kircher even includes a map of the island "Situs Insulae Atlantidis".

This 1682 first Dutch edition is filled with impressive, detailed illustrations of rocks, fossils, maps, animals, human remains, and even mythical creatures such as dragons and giants! Kircher even describes battles with dragons! Other topics covered include descriptions of Iroquois Indians, gold and silver mining in America, and much more.

Item number: #7272

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KIRCHER, Athanasius

D'onder-aardse weereld in haar goddelijk maaksel en wonderbare uitwerkselen aller dingen; door den cerwaardigen vader Athanasius Kircherus in XII bocken nauwkeurig beschreven. Vervat in II deelen. Waar van dit eerste handeld van het wiskundig werkstuk des aardkloots in 't heel-al ... Nu eerst uit het Latijn vertaalt

T'Amsteldam: By d'erfgenemen van wylen Joannes Janssonius van Waasberge, 1682.

Details:

· Collation: 2 parts in 1

o [18], 425, [11]; [8], 415, [13]

- Lacking 12 maps

o Illustrated throughout with in-text and full-page engravings

· References: Sabin 37968; Merrill, Kircher 17;

· Language: Dutch

· Binding: Leather; tight & secure

· Size: ~ 16in X 10.5in (40.5cm x 26.5cm)

· Only one other known example for sale – compare at over $16,000!

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  • Bookseller: Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 7272
  • Title: D'onder-aardse weereld in haar goddelijk maaksel en wonderbare uitwerkselen aller dingen; door den cerwaardigen vader Athanasius Kircherus in XII bocken nauwkeurig beschreven. Vervat in II deelen. Waar van dit eerste handeld van het wiskundig werkstuk des aardkloots in 't heel-al ... Nu eerst uit het Latijn vertaalt
  • Author: KIRCHER, Athanasius
  • Format/binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: By d'erfgenemen van wylen Joannes Janssonius van Waasberge
  • Place: T'Amsteldam
  • Date published: 1682
  • Keywords: 1682 1ed Mundus Subterraneus Kircher Geology DRAGONS Demons Alchemy ATLANTIS rare, antique, old, first edition, 1st state, provenance, signed, inscribed, dust jacket, vellum, manuscript, engravings, illustrations, leather, plates, maps, antiquarian


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