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Fine wide margined example of Kircher's fascinating map of America, from his Mundus Subterraneous, first issued in 1665.

Kircher was a Jesuit scientist who foiuned the Museo Kithcerianon in the Collegio Romano in Rome. 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. The map is remarkably accurate for the period, altough 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. The map has grown increasingly scarce on the market in recent years. A crisp dark impression of this fascinating map.

Reference
Burden 382.