C1665

Mappa fluxus et Refluxus rationes in Isthmo America; no, in Freto Magellanico, caeteris que Americae Litoribus exhibens.

Mapmaker:

Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 1680)

Kircher’s fascinating map of the Americas, from his Mundus Subterraneous. This map was used to illustrate one of his most famous and influential works, a study of the world’s ocean currents, tides, volcanic distribution, and core structure of the planet. This … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mappa fluxus et Refluxus rationes in Isthmo America; no, in Freto Magellanico, caeteris que Americae Litoribus exhibens.

Date:

C1665

Mapmaker:

Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 1680)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

407mm 
x 342mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mappa fluxus et Refluxus rationes in Isthmo America; no, in Freto Magellanico, caeteris que Americae Litoribus exhibens. - Antique Map from 1665

Genuine antique
dated:

1665

Description:

Kircher’s fascinating map of the Americas, from his Mundus Subterraneous.

This map was used to illustrate one of his most famous and influential works, a study of the world’s ocean currents, tides, volcanic distribution, and core structure of the planet. This map along with the others from Kircher’s work, illustrates for the first time the world’s ocean currents. The map is remarkably accurate for the period, although the massive crater at the headwaters of the Amazon River is certainly a curious addition to the map. The primary purpose of this map was to illustrate the Ocean’s currents, and in that regard, it was remarkably accurate, surpassing the work of Robert Dudley, who illustrated only the local currents in the regions covered.

References: Burden 382, ill. pl. 382, p. 487

Mapmaker:

Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) 

Kircher was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published a number of important treatises on comparative religion, geology, and medicine.

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