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    Athanasius Kircher. Seven Engraved Language Tables From an Important 1667 Text About China. 8.5 x 14.25 inches. All examples in very good condition with some light toning and scattered light foxing.

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    Lot of Seven Engraved Language Tables From an Important 1667 Text About China. 8.5 x 14.25 inches.  All examples in very good condition with some light toning and scattered light foxing.

     

    From China Monumentis, Qua Sacris qua Profanis, Nec non variis Naturae & Artis Spectaculis, Aliarumque rerum memorabilium Argumentis Illustrata, Auspiciis Leopoldi Primi Roman. Imper. Semper Augusti Munificentisimi Mecaenatis by Athanasii Kircheri, Amsterdam: Joannem Janssonium á Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet, 1667.

     

    Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680) was a German scholar and a professor of philosophy, mathematics and Oriental languages at Wurzburg. He was instrumental in calling attention to Orient, whose ways were certainly mysterious to the Europeans of the time. This work was based on many years of correspondence with Jesuits active in China, though Kircher himself was never able to go. These fine engravings feature illustrations of the first Sanskrit grammar published in the West and the first appearance in Europe of the Devanagari script.



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