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Description found in Archives
Place of creation
Apud Joannem Janssonium & Elizeum Weyerstraten
Scope and content
This map depicts ocean currents, volcanoes and deep-sea chasms. The continents are void of political detail and only major lakes, rivers and volcanoes are shown. There are prominent Northwest and Northeast sea passages and a vast southern continent. Kircher's theories included the notion that the world's oceans were all interconnected and subterranean tunnels are shown connecting the oceans and seas.
Conditions of access
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Creator / Provenance
Biography / Administrative history
Jesuit scholar, born Geyseen, Germany, died Rome. Geographer, traveller, mathematician, engraver and astronomer who settled in Rome. Expert on China, Egypt and Ethiopia, and translator of oriental scripts. He wrote a treatise on magnetic variations. He produced thematic maps which appeared in "Mundus Subterraneus, which was published in Amsterdam 1665, 1668, 1678.
No names appear on the Canadian section of this crudely drawn map. A map with this title, attributed to Kircher, was offered for sale by Francis Edwards Ltd. 1951.
This copy is considered "earlier than 'Walters Art Gallery Map - 1953'".
"Tomus 1.124" appears in upper right corner.
From Kircher's : Mundus subterraneus quo divinum. Subterrestris mundi opisicium...demonstratur, 2v.
Physical condition note
Cartographic math data
Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 436
Availability of other formats note
1. World - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. Volcanoes - Maps - Early works to 1800.
Other system control no.
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