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Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 1680)

Lot 178: KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS.

Sotheby's

November 20, 2003
London, United Kingdom

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Obelisci aegyptiaci nuper inter Isaei Romani rudera effossi interpretatio hieroglyphica. Rome: ex typographia Varesii, 1666

first edition, folio (319 x 220mm.), engraved frontispiece, engravings (8 full-page) and woodcuts in text, sonnet by Gioseffo Petrucci printed on final leaf, eighteenth-century mottled paper boards, very slight worming at edges of frontispiece and title, full-page engravings slightly shaved at edges

Literature

cf. Merrill p. xxxiv; Caillet 5786

Notes

"Très curieux, enrichi de figures mysterieuses et hieroglyphiques" (Caillet).

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