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The Abraham Cowley Text and Image Archive, Department of English, University of Virginia: Art, Nature, and Wonder; Athanasius Kircher: sunflower timepiece / syncretized Isis.
ALTEA ANTIQUE MAPS, London: The Americas. Go to:
90, KIRCHER, Athanasius,
Mappa Fluxus et Refluxus rationes in Isthmo Americano, in Freto
Magellanico, cæterisque Americæ Litoribus exhibens (Click the World Icon). Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1682. 340 x 410mm.
An early geological map, published in a Dutch-text edition of the Mundus Subterraneus, first published 1665.
Kircher, a Jesuit scholar, was one of the first compilers of knowledge of the physical features of the world.
This map of the Americas marks rivers, the Andes and a huge lake as the source of the Amazon. The ocean
currents are also shown: Tooley states that the maps in this work were the earliest to do so.
TOOLEY: Dictionary p.357; BURDEN: 382.
See also: Decorative Items, 1005, KIRCHER, Athanasius, Systema Ideale Quo Exprimitur Aquarum per Canales hyrdagogos subterraneos...; Systema Ideale Pyrophylaciorum Subterraneorum, quorum montes Vulcanii... (Click the World Icon). Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1682. Later colouring. Two plates ea. 360 x 415mm. Two finely-engraved plates showing the world surrounded by wind heads, each with a network of subterranean passages, one for magma with volcanic outlets, the other for water with outlets in rivers and caverns. From a Dutch-text edition of the Mundus Subterraneus, first published 1665, one of the first studies of the physical features of the world, and, according to Tooley, the first to depict the ocean currents. TOOLEY: Dictionary p.357.
The Museum Of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA: Leben und Werk des Athanasius Kircher, S.J. 1602-1680, Unterirdische Wasser und Unterirdische Feuer, aus: "Mundus Subterraneus". (in German). See also here.
Deutsches Museum, München: Buch des Monats, September 2000, Kircher, Athanasius: China monumentis illustrata. Amstelodami 1667. Scroll down to the portrait (115 KB), one of the best quality sources available on the internet. Read some biographical aspects here (in German).
Louis De Vorsey, University of Georgia: Mapping the World Below: Athanasius Kircher and His Subterranean World. Mercator's World, vol. 8 no. 2 (March/April, 2003), pages 28-3.
Michael John Gorman, Stanford University: Kircher and the pharmacy of the Collegio Romano. The spagyrical furnace of the pharmacy of the Collegio Romano, from Kircher's Mundus Subterraneus. In: Caroline Bouguereau, Athanasius Kircher's Magnetic Clock.
Galleria d'Arte "Il Salotto", Como, Italia (in Italian): Archivio Attivo Arte Contemporanea, Æstetica Magnetica opere, interventi, documenti per un incontro interdisciplinare. Go to: Incisione su rame dall’opera di ATHANASIUS KIRCHER "MAGNES SIVE DE MAGNETICA ARTE" per gentile concessione della BIBLIOTECA COMUNALE di COMO. See also here, and there.
Klaus-Peter Kelber, Institute of Mineralogy, University of Würzburg: Athanasius Kircher Links, with a Geoscience Bias, Picture from Mundus subterraneus. "Systema Ideale PYRO- PHYLACIORUM Subterraneorum, quorum montes Vulcanii, veluti spiracula quaedam existant".
Ralph Major Photograph Collection, Medical Center, University of Kansas: Subject of photographs by time period, 17th Century; References to Major, Subterranean lakes, and Subterranean fire. Illustration from Mundus Subterraneus, Athanasius Kircher, 1665.
The Map House of London: The Scientific World. Published by the celebrated Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher, this is one of the first scientific attempts to depict the features of the physical world. This extraordinary map depicts ocean currents and volcanoes.
Takami Matsuda, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Japan: European Illustrated Books, Athanasius Kircher, Mundus subterraneus (Amsterdam: Joannes Janssonius à Waesberge & Filios, 1678). This web-based catalogue deals with European illustrated books and manuscripts mainly from fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, together with some additions from earlier and later periods. All items are in the possession of Keio University Library, unless otherwise noted. See also: Athanasius Kircher, La Chine d’Athanase Kirchere (Amsterdam: Jean Jansson à Waesberge, 1670).
Joseph MacDonnell, S.J., Mathematics Department, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT: Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (1602 - 1680). Master of a Hundred Arts.
School of Information and Library Studies, The University of Michigan: SILS Art Image Browser, Map of the Sun. Illustration from, "Mundus Subterraneus", by Athanasius Kircher, Waesberge & Filios, Amsterdam, 1678. 3rd edition, volume I, p. 64. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
Chris Mullen, Faculty of Art, Design & Humanities at the University of Brighton: The Visual Telling of Stories - an interactive critical database dedicated to the narrative. THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK. A digital library. This is the beginning of an archive of selections from published works that are representative of the best of their kind, have shaped the history of the illustrated book and help in the understanding of book design. Go to: Athanasius Kircher CHINA MONUMENTIS Amsterdam 1667, and other works. Navigate from here.
! Martin Okrusch and Klaus-Peter Kelber, Institute of Mineralogy, University of Würzburg: Erkenntnisse – Phantasien – Visionen. Athanasius Kirchers geologisches Weltbild im Lichte heutiger Anschauungen (in German). Contribution (PDF files) to the exhibition: "Magie des Wissens. Athanasius Kircher 1602-1680: Universalgelehrter - Sammler - Visionär". October 01 – December 14, 2002, Martin von Wagner Museum, Würzburg University.
RAI INTERNATIONAL: Kircher Athanasius: Frontespizio del Mundus Subterraneus. (Athanasius Kircher: Il Museo del Mondo)
SILS Art Image Project, School of Information and Library Studies, The University of Michigan: Map of the Sun. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image. Illustration from "Mundus Subterraneus", by Athanasius Kircher, Waesberge & Filios, Amsterdam, 1678. 3rd edition, volume I, p. 64.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries:
Voyages. Go to:
Journeys Over Land and Sea: Travelers and Places.
Printed maps and illustrated accounts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and America preserved knowledge
contained in early manuscripts and contemporary travels and disseminated it to a wider audience.
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Mundus subterraneus (Underground world)
Amsterdam: Joannern Janssonium and Elizeum Weyerstraten, 1664-65.
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