Mediterranean Sea: Mappa Maris Mediterranei Fluxus Currentes Et Naturum Motionum Explicans
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Original copper engraving. Date: c.1680. Size: 56cm x 34.5cm. An unusual map from Kircher`s ‘Mundus Subterraneus’, the first serious effort to describe the physical make up of the earth, proposing theories (sometimes fantastical) in the areas of physics, geography, geology, and chemistry. The map is devoid of political and most geographical information and instead focuses entirely on ocean currents in the Mediterranean Sea and is the first map to do so. The map extends to the Black Sea and parts of the Caspian and Red Sea. Kircher`s theories included the notion that the world’s oceans were all interconnected and thus this map depicts subterranean tunnels connecting the oceans and seas. Old fold lines and very minor age spots else a very near fine, clean copy. Scarce.