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Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 1680)

Lot 306: Kircher, Athanasius

Sotheby's

January 10, 2001
New York, NY, US

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Kircher, Athanasius
Arca Noe, in tres libros digesta. Amsterdam: J. Jansson a Waesberge, 1675
Folio (14 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.; 375 x 238 mm). Engraved additional title, portrait of Charles II of Spain, 19 engraved plates and maps (mostly double-pages or folding), including a world map showing the Americas (p. 192), numerous engravings and woodcuts in the text; some browning and spotting. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt; joints and spine rubbed, some loss of gilt motif and lettering.
FIRST EDITION. A fanciful elucidation of the biblical story of the flood, full of delightful illustrations and lively description. The work is dedicated to Charles II, King of Spain, who was only twelve years old when the book was published. The imaginative nature of the text was no doubt intended to appeal to child of his age.
References: Caillet 5768; Honeyman sale 5:1831; Nissen ZBI 2195
Provenance: Hove Public Library (engraved bookplate and library stamps) -- Dr. Samuel Koslov (Christie's East, November 12 1996, lot 323)

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