1665 Kircher Map Hydrophylacium Africae Map of Asia Showing Water Routes Rare
4 small worm holes lower margin near center, else perfect. Could even trim these out with enough of a good margin, why graded as such. Hydrophylacium Africae precipuum, in Montibus Lunae Situm, Lacus et Flumina praecipua fundens, ubi et nova inventio Originis Nili describitur. Even the BIN is Below the web! 16.5 x 14 inches. Early map of Africa extending from the Congo south to the Cape of Good Hope and including the Island of Madagascar. The map is based on an account;'the fountains of Abyssinia' from a journal left by Peter Paez. On the 21st April in the year 1618, being there with the King and his army, I ascended the place and observed everything with great attention: I discovered first two round fountain each bout four palms in diameter, and saw with the greatest delight what neither Cyrus, the King of the Persians, or Cambysis, nor Alexander the Great, nor the famous Julius Caesar could ever discover. The two openings of these fountains have no issue in the plain on top of the mountain but flow from the root of it. The second fountain lies about a stone-cast west from the first: the inhabitants say that this whole mountain is full of water and add that the whole plain about the fountain is floating and unsteady, a certain mark that there is water concealed under it. Kircher's description of the cavern is clearly shown above and it is named on the map as,'Hydrophylacium Africae precipuum in Montibus Lunae'. He also includes the river,'Rio del Spirito Santo', coursing parallel to the lower border of the cavern and entering the sea to place referred to as a place of gold.
Kircher's maps were among the first thematic maps to attempt to scientifically illustrate and explain global geological and oceanographic phenomena. References: Norwich, Map 157, ill. I have been a dealer since 1998, I have shown at book map fairs in Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco & more!
The item "1665 Kircher Map Hydrophylacium Africae Map of Asia Showing Water Routes Rare" is in sale since Monday, November 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps".
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- Date Range: 1600-1699
- Type: Physical Map
- Format: Atlas Map
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate
- Year: 1665
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Country/Region: South Africa