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The Earth's elements, c 1600s.

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The Earth's elements, c 1600s.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm


Chart drawn to depict the four elements of earth, air, water and fire along with the events and phenomena of earthquakes, comets, war, lightning, and rainbows etc. Based on Aristotelian physics, the print shows the world as circular layers with the fires of Hell at the centre and the heavens at the edge. Titled 'Veritable Representation des Premieres Matieres ou Elements', the engraving is thought to be a folio bookplate produced in Holland during the seventieth century.

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