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"The First Book Published in Europe Devoted Entirely to Acoustics" –Merrill

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Phonurgia Nova sive Conjugium mechanico-physicum artis & naturae paranympha phonosophia concinnatum. quâ universa sonorum natura, proprietas, vires effectuúm[que] prodigiosorum causæ, novâ & multiplici experimentorum exhibitione enucleantur : instrumentorum acusticorum, machinarúm[que] ad naturæ prototypon adaptandarum, tum ad sonos ad remotissima spatia propagandos, tum in abditis domorum recessibus per occultioris ingenii machinamenta clam palámue sermocinandi modus & ratio traditur, tum denique in bellorum tumultibus singurlaris hujusmodi organorum usus, & praxis per nouam phonologiam describitur.

Kempten: Per Rudolphum Dreherr, 1673

Folio: 32.2 x 21.5 cm. [41], [1, blank], 229, [1, blank], [16] pp. Collation: π4, a-c4, d1, (*)4, (***)4, A-Z4, Aa-Hh4 (lacking final blank). With 2 added plates at p. 114 and p. 132. The engraved title page and the portrait are integral to the collation.

$15,000.00

The “Phonurgia” is illustrated with an added engraved allegorical title by G. And. Wolfgang after Felix Cheurier, an engraved title vignette, an engraved portrait of Emperor Leopold I by G. And. Wolfgang after Franz Herman, two engraved plates, seventeen engravings and numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, musical notation, ornamental woodcut head- and tail-pieces, and decorative initials.

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De Backer-Sommervogel IV, col. 1068; Merrill 25; Caillet 5789; Graesse IV, p. 22.

Kircher’s China

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Athanasii Kircheri E Soc. Jesu China Monumentis Qua Sacris quà Profanis, Nec non variis Naturæ & Artis Spectaculis, Aliarumque rerum memorabilium Argumentis Illustrata, Auspiciis Leopoldi Primi Roman. Imper. Semper Augusti Munificentissimi Mecænatis.

Amsterdam: Apud Jacobum `a Meurs, in fossa vulgo` de Keyfersgracht, 1667

Folio: 31 x 21 cm. *4, **4; A-Z4; Aa-Hh4. (*1 is the engraved title page)

$16,000.00

"In 1667 the learned German Jesuit, Athanasius Kircher, published his ‘China Illustrata’ at Amsterdam. Gathering his materials from the works of other members of the Society, Kircher wrote one of the century’s most influential treatises on China. His primary purpose was to establish the authenticity of the Nestorian monument discovered in Sian, and to that end he produced in print the original Chinese and Syriac inscriptions on the monument, the Chinese text in Romanization, and finally a Latin translation and his explication of the Chinese and Syriac texts.

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Merrill 20 ("Constitutes the first Chinese vocabulary ever printed in the West. He includes a Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary ... the first printing of a Sanskrit grammar in Europe"); De Backer Sommervogel IV 1063, 24; Cordier 26; Caillet 5774; Brunet III, 666-667; Reilly #23; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 485-486, 527-528.

Kircher’s China. A Very Fine Copy of the True First Edition

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
China Monumentis Qua Sacris quà Profanis, Nec non variis Naturæ & Artis Spectaculis, Aliarumque rerum memorabilium Argumentis Illustrata, Auspiciis Leopoldi Primi Roman. Imper. Semper Augusti Munificentissimi Mecænatis.

Amsterdam: Apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet, 1667

Folio: 37 x 24.5 cm. *4, **4; A-Z4; Aa-Hh4. (*1 is the engraved title page)

$20,000.00

"In 1667 the learned German Jesuit, Athanasius Kircher, published his ‘China Illustrata’ at Amsterdam. Gathering his materials from the works of other members of the Society, Kircher wrote one of the century’s most influential treatises on China. His primary purpose was to establish the authenticity of the Nestorian monument discovered in Sian, and to that end he produced in print the original Chinese and Syriac inscriptions on the monument, the Chinese text in Romanization, and finally a Latin translation and his explication of the Chinese and Syriac texts.

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Merrill 20 ("Constitutes the first Chinese vocabulary ever printed in the West. He includes a Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary ... the first printing of a Sanskrit grammar in Europe"); De Backer Sommervogel IV 1063, 24; Cordier 26; Caillet 5774; Brunet III, 666-667; Reilly #23; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 485-486, 527-528; Dünnhaupt 2342, 21.2; Walravens, China illustrata 18

A Cosmic Fiction - The Rare First Edition of Kircher's "Ecstatic Journey"

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Itinerarivm exstaticvm qvo mvndi opificivm, id est coelestis expansi, siderumque tam errantium, quàm fixorum natura, vires, proprietates, singulorumque compositio & structura, ab infimo telluris globo, vsque ad vltima mundi confinia, per ficti raptus integumentum explorata, noua hypothesi exponitur ad veritatem. Interlocvtoribvs Cosmiele et Theodidacto [Bound with:] Iter extaticvm II. qui & mundi subterranei prodromvs dicitur. Qvo geocosmi opificivm, sive terrestris globi structura, vna cum abditis in ea constitutis arcanioris naturæ reconditorijs, per ficti raptus integumentum exponitur ad veritatem. In III. dialogos distinctum ...

Rome: typis Vitalis Mascardi, 1656 and 1657

Large quarto: 4 prelim. lvs., 464, [24] pages. Collation: +4, [Maltese cross] A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ppp4 II. 12 prelim. lvs., 237, [13] p. Collation: [maltese cross]4, [two maltese cross]4, [three maltese crosses]4, [Maltese cross] A-Z4, Aa-Gg4, Hh6 (-Hh6 blank).

$9,400.00

In this controversial work, Kircher synthesizes elements of Copernicanism and the mystical cosmology of the heretic Giordano Bruno, while ostensibly adhering to the Church-approved Tychonic model of the solar system.

“In Kircher’s “Ecstatic Journey”, a certain Theodidactus, a personification of Kircher himself, has a dream of a journey through the heavens guided by the angel Cosmiel.

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I. Backer-Sommervogel, Vol. 4, Col. 1056; II. Backer-Sommervogel, V 4, Col. 1057

The Composition of the Cosmos: Kircher’s Ecstatic Celestial Journey

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680); Schott, Gaspar (1608-1666)
Iter exstaticum coeleste, quo mundi opificium, id est, coelestis expansi, siderumque tam errantium, quàm fixorum natura, vires, proprietates, singulorumque compositio et structura, ab infimo telluris globo, usque ad ultima mundi confinia, per ficti raptus integumentum explorata, novâ hypothesi exponitur ad veritatem, interlocutoribus Cosmiele et Theodidacto: hâc secundâ editione prælusionibus & scholiis illustratum; ac schematismis necessariis, qui deerant, exornatum; nec non à mendis, quæ in primam romanam editionem irrepserant, expurgatum, ipso auctore annuente

Würzburg: heirs of J.A. & Wolfgang Endter, 1660

Quarto: 19.8 x 16 cm. [ ]4, [ ]4, [ ]4, A-Z4; Aa-Zz4; Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Tttt4, Uuuu2. With an engraved title page and twelve full-paged engraved plates.

$9,400.00

In this controversial work, Kircher synthesizes elements of Copernicanism and the mystical cosmology of the heretic Giordano Bruno, while ostensibly adhering to the Church-approved Tychonic model of the solar system.

“In Kircher’s “Ecstatic Journey”, a certain Theodidactus, a personification of Kircher himself, has a dream of a journey through the heavens guided by the angel Cosmiel.

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Merrill 12 & 14; De Backer Sommervogel IV, 1056-57.14; Lalande, 275-276; Caillet, II, 5776

Mummies, Burning Mirrors, & Snake Stones - An Embattled Kircher Ghost-writes a Defense of His Work

[KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS] Petrucci, Gioseffo
Prodomo apologetico alli studi Chircheriani. Opera di Gioseffo Petrucci Romano ; nella quale con un' apparato di saggi diversi, si dà prova dell' esquisito studio ha tenuto il celebratissimo padre Atanasio Chircher, circa il credere all' opinioni degli scrittori, sì de' tempi andati, come de' presenti, e particolarmente intorno a quelle cose naturali dell' India, che gli furon portate, ò referte da' quei, che abitarano quelle parti.

Amsterdam: Presso li Janssonio-Waesbergj, 1677

Quarto: 22.3 x 16.8 cm. Engraved t.p., [16], 200 p., [9] leaves of plates (5 folding, 4 full-page)

$13,500.00

"An Apologetic Forerunner to Kircherian Studies" is a remarkable defense of Athanasius Kircher's writings, written at Kircher's behest (and undoubtedly with his input) by Gioseffo Petruccio, one of his last disciples and devotees.

The book was prompted by the naturalist Francesco Redi's critique of some of Kircher's (many) pseudo-scientific writings. Redi had challenged Kircher's claims about the curative qualities of so-called "snake stones", small stones discovered in the heads of certain snakes in Asia.

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Cicognara 3306

A Private 17th c. Museum annexed to Aldrovandi’s Studio, Illustrated with Numerous Woodcuts of Specimens and a folding engraved Frontispiece of the Museum’s Interior. With the FIRST PUBLISHED DESCRIPTION of the Pre-Columbian "Codex Cospi"

Legati, Lorenzo (d. 1675); Cospi, Ferdinando (1606-1683)
Mvseo Cospiano Annesso A Qvello Del Famoso Vlisse Aldrovandi E donato alla sua Patria dall' Illustrissimo Signor Ferdinando Cospi Patrizio Di Bologna E Senatore Cavaliere Commendatore di S. Stefano, Balì d’Arezzo, e March. Di Petriolo, fra Gli Accademici Gelati Il Fedele, e principe al presente de' medesimi. Descrizione Di Lorenzo Legati Cremonese Dottor Filosofo, Medico, e Pubblico Professore delle Lettere Greche in Bologna, Accademica Apatista, e Ansioso. Al Serenissimo Ferdinando III Principe di Toscana

Bologna: Per Giacomo Monti, 1677

Folio: 32 x 20.8 cm. [24], 532 pp. Collation: †6, ††6, A-Z6, Aa-Vv6, Xx-Yy4. With an added, double-paged plate of the museum

$18,000.00

The sole edition of the only illustrated catalogue of the museum of Ferdinando Cospi, annexed in 1657 to the Studio Aldrovandi, the museum and botanical garden of Ulisse Aldrovandi in Bologna. The Cospi museum occupied a large apartment with two annexes in the Palazzo Pubblico, adjacent to the Aldrovandi museum. The detailed catalogue and its illustrations - in particular, the folding frontispiece image of the museum’s interior- serve as an invaluable record of the contents and configuration of the museum prior to the redistribution of both Aldrovandi’s and Cospi’s collections in 1742.

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Cicognara 3403; Nissen, ZBI 2421; Graesse IV, 144; Balsiger, Kunst und Wunderkammern, 1970: 303-9; Cabinets de Curiosités: no. 97; Schlosser, Kunst- und Wunderkammern, 1908: 103-4; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 40 & 165; Wunderkammer to Museum: no. 25. (Cospi). Cobres I p. 10 n. 4; Murray I p. 89; Nissen ZBI 2421. On the Codex Cospi, see Laura Laurencich Minelli, “A Note on the Mesoamerican Codex Cospi” in Journal de la Société des Américanistes, 1999, Vol 85, issue 85, pp. 375-386

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