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Tabula Geographico-Hydrographica Motus Oceani, Currentes, Abyssos, Montes Igniuomos In Universo Orbe Indicans
Amsterdam 1665 - Straordinaria mappa fisica ed idrografica del mondo, raffigurante le correnti oceaniche, profondit√† marine ed i vulcani. La carta √® tratta dal Mundus Subterraneus del Kircher, studioso gesuita, uno dei primi scrittori sui fenomeni fisici della terra. Il Kircher teorizzava che tutti gli oceani della Terra erano connessi tra loro tramite dei tunnel sotterranei che univano oceani e mari. Incisione in rame, in eccellente stato di conservazione. Extraordinary map, both form the physical and hydrographic point of view, depicting ocean currents, volcanoes and deep-sea chasms. The map is taken from Kircher’s Mundus Subterraneus . The Jesuit scholar, Athanasius Kircher, was one of the first compilers of semi-scientific knowledge about the physical features of the world. This map expounds on Kircher's theories by noting the abysses and the currents they create as well as the locations of the world's known volcanoes. Between the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Persian Gulf, Kircher theorized massive tunnels and a complex interchange of water flows. These tunnels are noted most particularly between the Black and Caspian Sea and between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. Antarctica is shown along the southern part of the map. In the North a great open northwest passage is depicted running all the way across the map. Shows New Guinea and a suggestion of Australia attached to the 'Australsis Incognita' mainland. Africa is shown with considerably greater accuracy than many maps drawn hundreds of years later – particularly with regard to Niger and Nile River Systems. North America and South America are both wildly malformed, indicating a relatively sketchy knowledge of the continent. Korea is shown as an Island and Japan appears as only a single island. Published in a Dutch edition of Kircher's famous Subterranean World by Johann Waesberger. Copperplate, in excellent condition. Shirley, The Mapping of the World, 459. Dimensioni 555 400mm
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