Kircher's book on geology, 1678

Kircher's book on geology, 1678

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Caption: Kircher's book on geology. Title page of the 1678 treatise on geology Mundus Subterraneus (Subterranean World) by the German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (circa 1601-1680). Figures representing the winds surround a central globe illuminated by the Sun (upper left) and the Moon (upper right). At top centre, a hand emerges from heavenly fires, supporting the Earth from a chain with a ball, a serpent and bird wings, accompanied by a Latin motto. At lower left and right, allegorical figures represent cartography and astronomy. The Latin text refers to the author, the Jesuits, and the book's title. Across bottom, the Amsterdam publisher Jansson-Waesberg is named.

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