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KIRCHER, Athanasius
Ars magna lucis et umbrae.
Rome: sumptibus Hermanni Scheus, 1646. FIRST EDITION, second issue. Folio. 2 parts in 1, continuous pagination, separate t-ps, pp. (xl) 494; (ii) 495-935 [i.e., 937] (xv). Roman letter, some Italic, little Greek or Hebrew. Remarkable engraved t-p by Petrus Miotto Burgundus with allegorical personifications, a view of the heavens and a portrait of Archduke Ferdinand; 36 leaves of plates (12 folding) with stunning astronomical and geometrical diagrams, folding universal horoscope of the Company of Jesus, and map of the northern hemisphere including America; 4 full-page engraved tables; over 400 half-page or smaller woodcut geometrical or optical diagrams; decorated initials and ornaments. Fore-edge and last verso a little foxed, light age browning, slight marginal water or finger-soiling in places, lower outer blank corner of 4Y3 torn, small clean tear to lower blank margin of pl. XXIV. A good copy in contemporary vellum over boards, raised bands, a.e.r., title inked to spine, C17 ms. 'FF Min: Reform: Bulsanensium' [Franciscans of Bolzano] and casemark(?) '[illegible] in fol: min:' to first t-p.A good copy, often heavily browned, of the first edition (second issue), lavishly illustrated with engravings in fine impression--'a fascinating work on optics filled with spectacular demonstrations of the properties of light' (Findlen, 21). Athanasius Kircher (1602-80) was a German Jesuit and perhaps the greatest polymath, author of works on linguistics, medicine, geology, biology, magnetism, visual perception and music. 'Ars magna lucis et umbrae' is the first work entirely devoted t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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