Arca Noe, in Tres Libros Digesta. Quorum I. De Rebus Quae Ante Dilivium, II. De Iis, Quae. (1675) ..BOUND with Sphinx Mystagoga..sive Diatribe Hieroglyphica (1676) Ex Memphiticis Pyramidum Adytis Erutae &

By: Kircher, Athanase

Price: $9,975.00

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Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket


[14], 240, [14-2] pp AND [16], 72, [6] pp. 2 works in one. In Arca, 19 full page plates and maps (14 folding) , plus 100+ woodcuts depicting animals. In Sphinx, 5 small plates in text, 2 full page and 3 folding plates and many small woodcuts showing pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs, etc. A large folio in contemporary blind-stamped calf over wood, spine with 5 raised bands, working clasps, remains of corner metal. Interesting "medieval" Victorian additions to the binding in gilt or tooled brown morocco. Some normal wear and rubbing, corners a bit rubbed but not much. Interior has later marbled end papers. Full page frontis plate has darkened and foxed the title page which also has old ownership marked out, some foxing and browning throughout but otherwise clean and unmarked. Some older repairs to marginal tears, some of them moving into text or plates, some of the large folding plates have Victorian era repairs which seem to be holding well. Some occasional slight worming, mostly in the margins. Two very scarce first editions. The first, the Arca Noe in three books by Kircher, "the last Renaissance man". The book brings together Kircher's scientific knowledge and the biblical story of the ark wherein the author tries to draw up the historical reality of the Great Flood. He determines the size and shape of the ark, designs maps before and after the Flood, and gives an overview of all the animal species on board. Plates show the construction of the ark, boarding of the animals, the flood, the post-Flood world, a topography of paradise and a very large cross section of the ark with all the animals in their separate compartments. The second volume is also very scarce, the first edition of Kircher's work on Egyptology and one of the first attempts to decipher hieroglyphs. Although Kircher was spectacularly wrong in this, he was the first to realize that Coptic is a descendant of the Egyptian language and even today, he is credited with opening up the field to serious study. Wonderful illustrations and plates throughout. A wonderful set of two scarce, important and beautifully illustrated first editions, in an "ancient" binding with interesting Victorian embellishments. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall

Title: Arca Noe, in Tres Libros Digesta. Quorum I. De Rebus Quae Ante Dilivium, II. De Iis, Quae. (1675) ..BOUND with Sphinx Mystagoga..sive Diatribe Hieroglyphica (1676) Ex Memphiticis Pyramidum Adytis Erutae &

Author Name: Kircher, Athanase

Categories: Religion, History: Ancient, Anthropology/Archaeology, Language -- Latin, Egyptology, Incunabula & Early Printed,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Amsterdam, J. Janssonius Van Waesberge: 1675

Binding: Leather

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 10833

Keywords: Noah's Ark Biblical Flood Hieroglyphs Ancient Egypt Mummies Pyramids,