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Gioseffo Petrucci & Athanasius Kircher

Lot 42136: Petrucci & Kircher, pub. 1677 - Chameleon. 80

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

June 4, 2022
Franklin, TN, US

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Description

This engraving was part of a work that served as a eulogy to Athanasius Kircher's life and studies. It was written by his friend, student, and colleague Gioseffo Petrucci. It was entitled Prodomo Apologetico alli Studi Chircheriani. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonius van Waesberge in 1677.

"Attacking the 'envious and strident ignorance of his unjust accusers,' Petrucci painted a portrait of Kircher as he wanted to be remembered: a judicious experimenter who carefully weighed all the evidence before coming to any conclusions. Emphasizing Kircher's skepticism about natural phenomena, Petrucci countered the image of his master as a gullible consumer of tall tales about strange things by presenting him as the logical heir to Galileo. Citing Kircher's unparalleled knowledge of non-European nature, he quoted Augustine as a cautionary tale for disbelieving readers: 'Some credible things are false, just as some incredible things are true.' Petrucci invited readers to examine Kircher's own words in order to see the distortion that occurred in the characterization of his master in the words of critics" (Findlen, The Last Man To Know Everything, p. 39).

Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680) was a Jesuit priest and scholar. He gathered and helped disseminate knowledge from around the world gathered by Jesuit missionaries. It is believed he was the first to depict the Pacific Ring of Fire on a map. He was one of the final Renaissance men. He lowered himself into Vesuvius after an eruption, experimented with bioluminescence as a light source, and make the first known Aeolian harp. He wrote 44 books, over 2000 manuscripts, and assembled one of the first natural history collections. Kircher's work was itself fascinating for its thematic maps. His work was on the underground passages and subterranean networks of the globe. He created a map that was the first to show ocean currents.

Dimensions

~ 7 1/4" by 9"

Artist or Maker

Gioseffo Petrucci & Athanasius Kircher

Medium

Engraving with Recent Professional Hand-coloring

Date

1677

Condition Report

The work is in very good to excellent condition overall. There may be some faint text bleed through with this work. There may be a few minor marks or imperfections to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature

Prodomo Apologetico alli Studi Chircheriani

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