KIRCHER, Athanasius, S.J.

Turris Babel, sive Archontologia qua primo priscorum post diluvium hominum vita, mores rerumque gestarum magnitudo, secundo Turris fabrica civitatumque exstructio, confusio linguarum & inde gentium transmigrationis, cum principalium inde erratorum idiomatum historia multiplici eruditione describuntur & explicantur.

Amsterdam, Janssonius van Waesberge, 1679

[Bound with] IDEM - Romani Collegii Societatis Jesu Musaeum [...] ex legato Alphonsi Donini [...]. Ibid., 1678. Folio (some toning and spotting, tear in c’fd of 1 pl.).

Contemp. vellum, spine with 6 raised bands (spine def.).

1. [16]-219-[13] pp. Original ed. of this richly illustrated work on the origin of languages with a principal focus on examining the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, and on Egyptology. Engr. front. by I. v. Munnichuysen after G. de Lairesse. 9 double-page or large folding engr. maps and views (outside collation). 9 full-page and 7 large engr. in text. Printed in 2 col. Ref. DBS IV:1069:36. - STCN.
2. [8]-66-[6] pp. Description and illustration of the Roman "museum" of A. Kircher, followed by a bibliography of his writing. Engr. front., full-page engr. portrait of Kircher, 17 engr. outside collation: 9 folding double-page pl. and 8 full-page pl. with Chinese texts, obelisks etc., 4 text engr., incl. the famous camera obscura, and over 20 sm. engr. and coin ill. Ref. DBS IV:1075-1076. - STCN.
Prov. Everbergh [?] (arm. bookpl.). - [Georges Petit].

€ 6.500 / 9.000

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