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    Kircher on the Wonders of the World

    Athanasius Kircher. 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 enatorum idiomatum historia, multiplici eruditione describuntur & explicantur. Amsterdam: Johannes & Gillis Jannsonius van Waesberge, 1679. First Edition. Tall folio. * [-*1, engraved titlepage] **4, A-2F4. [14], 219, [13]pages. Modern full calf, spine banded, gilt title, browning and occasional foxing and rust stains; tape repairs to blank versos of two of the folding plates, a few small tears. Lacks engraved extra title-page, twelve engravings (seven folding, three double-page), seven large text engravings, printer's device on title-page, some are signed by Cornelis Gerrits Decker. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "In the first two parts Kircher describes the wonders of the ancient world, exclaiming at one point" 'Who today dares to attempt the like, without the help of the whole of nature, without almost miraculous skill in the totality of arithmetic, geometry, optics, mechanics, statics and the other arts?' The first of these wonders is the Tower of Babel itself...The latter part of Turris Babel is entirely linguistic, and of interest mainly to specialists in the history of language. Among its digressions is an important one on polytheism, which is blamed almost entirely on the division of tongues... Another digression treats the subject of racial colour, trying to account for the blackness of the Africans..." (Joscelyn Godwin, Athanasius Kircher, p. 35).

    STCN 167902. Backer/Sommervogel IV, 1069:36. Brunet III, 668. Caillet 5795. Casanatense 698. Cicognara 2055. Esoterica 245. Graesse IV, 22.

    Kircher, Athanasius. 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 enatorum idiomatum historia, multiplici eruditione describuntur & explicantur. Amsterdam: Johannes & Gillis Jannsonius van Waesberge, 1679. Tall folio. * [-*1engraved t.p.] - **4,A-2F4. [14],219,[13]p. Modern full calf, spine banded, gilt title, browning and occ. foxing and rust stains; tape repairs to blank versos of 2 of the folding plates, a few small tears. Lacks engraved extra-t.p., 12 engravings (7 folding, 3 double-page), 7 large text engravings
    ,printer's device on t.p.,some are signed by Cornelis Gerrits Decker. First Edition. "In the first two parts Kircher describes the wonders of the ancient world,exclaiming at one point" 'Who today dares to attempt the like, without the help of the whole of nature, without almost miraculous skill in the totality of arithmetic, geometry, optics, mechanics, statics and the other arts?' The first of these wonders is the Tower of Babel itself...The latter part of Turris babel is entirely linguistic, and of interest mainly to specialists in the history of language. Among its digressions is an important one on polytheism, which is blamed almost entirely on the division of tongues...Another digression treats the subject of racial colour, trying to account for the blackness of the Africans..." Joscelyn Godwin, Athanasius Kircher,p.35ff. DŸnnhaupt 2347:32. STCN 167902. Backer/Sommervogel IV,1069:36. Brunet III,668. Caillet 5795. Casanatense 698.Cicognara 2055. Esoterica 245. Graesse IV,22. Occult. Bible. Religion. Antiquity. Linguistics. Archaeology. Illustrated. Egyptology. Jesuit. Classics.Black History. Egypt.



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