Sale: 359 / Rare Books including Marine Art, Nov. 16./17. 2009 in Hamburg Lot 244

 
Athanasius Kircher - Mundus subterraneus, 1678


 
244
Athanasius Kircher
Mundus subterraneus, 1678
Estimate:
€ 3,000 / $ 3,510
Sold:
€ 1,920 / $ 2.246

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Kircher, A., Mundus subterraneus, in XII libros digestus. Editio tertia. 2 vols. in 1. With 2 copper titles, 1 engr. title vignette, 21 copper plates and 72 (6 fullpage) copper sin the text as well as numerous woodcut illustrations and 5 charts. Amsterdam, Janssonius-Waesberge 1678. Contemp. calf on 6 bands. Folio. 9 ll., 366 pp., 3 ll.; 4 ll., 507 pp., 4 ll.
Ferguson I, 467. - Caillet 5783. - Duveen S. 322. - Sabin 37967. - Nissen 2196. - Kircher cat. Rastatt 3.1. - Third edition of the famous work, "one of the first attempts to describe the earth and its structure from a physical perspective." (Kircher cat.) - "Le plus curieux des nombres ouvrages de ce savant." (Caillet). The work contains the first physical map of the world (Shirley plate 322). - Lacking the portrait, which is presumably not included in all editions. Tanned in places and somewhat stained, title with two old library stamps. Binding scraped, upper spine end slightly torn. All in all fine copy.

244
Athanasius Kircher
Mundus subterraneus, 1678
Estimate:
€ 3,000 / $ 3,510
Sold:
€ 1,920 / $ 2.246

(incl. 20% surcharge)