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Athanasius Kircher:  [Map of the lost island of Atlantis] Situs Insulae Atlantidis, a mari olim obsorptae ex mente Aegyptiorum et Platonis discriptio

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Title: [Map of the lost island of Atlantis] Situs Insulae Atlantidis, a mari olim obsorptae ex mente Aegyptiorum et Platonis discriptio

Map Maker: Athanasius Kircher

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1665

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 6.5 x 4.5 on larger sheet of text inches

Condition: VG+

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 20754


Fascinating map of the mythical island of Atlantis, situationed in the Atlantic Ocean between Spain and America, which is named on the map.

Fascinating early map showing the mythical island of Atlantis in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, from Kircher's Mundus Subterraneus, first published in Amsterdam in 1669. Kircher's work was the first serious effort to describe the physical makeup of the earth, proposing theories (sometimes fantastic) in the areas of physics, geography, geology, and chemistry. The present example is from a Latin edition and includes 5 leaves (10 pages) of descriptive text, derived from Plato, but including significant details not in the modern editions of Plato's account.

Atlantis (named after the daughter of the Greek God Atlas) is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's Timaeus and Critias. Plato describes Atlantis as a naval power lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercules," which conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune".

The possible existence of Atlantis was actively discussed and rejected throughout history. In modern times, the story of Atlantis was the subject of real debate. While little known during the Middle Ages, the story of Atlantis was rediscovered by Humanists in the Early Modern period. Plato's description inspired the utopian works of several Renaissance writers, like Francis Bacon's New Atlantis. Today, modern plate techtonics give additional credence the prospect that such and island could have existed, although the location of Atlantis will always be a source of intrigue and fascination.

Condition Description: Comes with 5 text leaves.

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