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The Sun, 1678.

The Sun, 1678.
3 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 30cm


Engraving from 'Mundus Subterraneus' by the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680). Mundus Subterraneus was posibly the greatest of Kircher's litererary works, an 800 page book largely on earthquakes, volcanoes and geology, inspired by Kircher's witnesing volcanic eruptions of Etna and Stromboli in 1637.

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