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Mundus subterraneus, In XII libros digestos; quo divinum subterrestris mundi opificium,...universae denique naturae majestas & divitiae summa rerum varietate exponuntur...
Apud Joannem Janssonium & Elizeum Weyerstraten, 1665. Due volumi rilegati in uno; in Folio (mm 382x230); Vol. I: carte non num. 13 (su 15, mancano il frontespizio allegorico inciso e la carta col privilegio) compreso il frontespizio a stampa, pagg. 346, (6) con 12 grandi tavole fuori testo, 3 piccole tavole fuori testo e 2 tavole sinottiche; Vol. II: carte non num. 5 (su 6, manca il frontespizio del secondo tomo), pagg. 487, (9) con 7 tavole f.t., 2 piccole tavole f.t. e 5 tavole sinottiche. Complessivamente l'opera contiene 19 grandi tavole fuori testo incise in rame, molte ripiegate, fra cui 7 carte geografiche con il mappamondo con le correnti marine ed altre con raffigurazioni di sole, luna, vulcani (Etna, Vesuvio); 5 piccole tavole tecniche, sempre in rame; 7 tavole sinottiche, oltre a decine di illustrazioni in rame (alcune a tutta pagina) e oltre 200 silogr. nel testo, che illustrano animali, mostri, diagrammi astronomici, fossili, macchine, forni alchemici ed altro. Mancano i ritratti di Kircher e di Papa Alessandro VII. Piena pergamena coeva con titolo manoscritto al dorso. Prima edizione di questa celebre e curiosa opera del gesuita Kircher (Caillet 5783: "La plus curieux des ouvrages. Ce monde subterrain est...un monde kabbalistique en raison des etres fantastiques dont il peuple l'interieure du globe"), consacrata alla terra ed alle scienze che la riguardano. Divisa in 13 libri tratta di geologia, idrografia, meteorologia, vulcanologia, storia naturale, alchimia, che viene condannata ridicolizzando Paracelso, fossili, metallurgia. Kircher è convinto che il centro della terra sia collegato alla crosta in molti punti e che contenga vaste riserve di acqua; il risultato dell'interazione di questi elementi producono terremoti, vulcani, tempeste.Ottimo esemplare mancante dei due ritratti di Kircher e del Papa Alessandro VII e dei due frontespizi allegorici. Qualche difetto alla legatura.Merrill, 17: "The Mundus subterraneus, perhaps the most popular of Kircher's works in his day and the best known in ours...The basis and impetus...was Kircher's visit to Sicily in 1637-38, where he witnessed an eruption of Aetna and Stromboli. He prefaced the work with his own narrative of the trip, including his spectacular descent into Vesuvius upon his return to Italy...But the work is not solely geologic. Kircher continues with fantastic speculations about the interior of the earth, its hidden lakes, its rivers of fire, and its strange inhabitants. 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 generation of insects, herbs, astrological medicine, distillation, and fireworks, In this work he discloses his experience with palingenesis...Much of the work deals with alchemy..." Brunet III,667. Caillet 5783. Casanatense 687. Duveen 322; Caillet 5783; Ferguson I, 467; Graesse IV, 21; Graesse, Magica, 49; Sabin 37967 "Several articles relate to America"; Sommervogel IV, 1060; Wellcome III, 395.Two volumes in 2° bound in one (mm 382x230); Vol. I: 13 not numbered leaves (out of 15, missing allegorical titlepage and Privilegium), pagg. 346, (6) with 12 engraved plates, 3 small plates and 2 synoptic tables; Vol. II: plates non num. 5 (out of 6, missing titlepage), pagg. 487, (9) with 7 plates., 2 small plates. and 5 synoptical plates. All together the book contains 19 large engraved plates out of text, many folded; 5 small technical plates; 7 synoptical plates, beyond about 60 other plates engraved in text and over 200 woodcuts, illustrating animals, monsters, astronomical diagrams, fossils, alchemic instruments. The portraits of Kircher and of the Alessandro VII are missing. Full contemporary vellum with manuscript title. FIRST EDITION. The work is based on Kircher's visit to Sicily in 1637-38 in which he witnessed the eruptions of Etna and Stromboli. His observations of these volcanoes led him to conclude that the centre of the earth is a massive internal fire for which the volcanoes are mere safety valves. The work is not only geological and Kircher continues with fantastic speculations about the interior of the earth, its hidden lakes, rivers of fire and strange inhabitants. It includes discussions about the moon, the sun, eclipses, ocean currents, meteorology, hydraulics, minerals and fossils, poisons, metallurgy and mining, alchemy, herbs, astrological medicine, distillation and fireworks.(Caillet 5783: "La plus curieux des ouvrages. Ce monde subterrain est...un monde kabbalistique en raison des etres fantastiques dont il peuple l'interieure du globe")Merrill, 17: "The Mundus subterraneus, perhaps the most popular of Kircher's works in his day and the best known in ours...The basis and impetus...was Kircher's visit to Sicily in 1637-38, where he witnessed an eruption of Aetna and Stromboli. He prefaced the work with his own narrative of the trip, including his spectacular descent into Vesuvius upon his return to Italy...But the work is not solely geologic. Kircher continues with fantastic speculations about the interior of the earth, its hidden lakes, its rivers of fire, and its strange inhabitants. 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 generation of insects, herbs, astrological medicine, distillation, and fireworks, In this work he discloses his experience with palingenesis...Much of the work deals with alchemy..." Brunet III,667. Caillet 5783. Casanatense 687. Duveen 322; Caillet 5783; Ferguson I, 467; Graesse IV, 21; Graesse, Magica, 49; Sabin 37967 "Several articles relate to America"; Sommervogel IV, 1060; Wellcome III, 395.
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