KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS. 1602-1680. Toonneel van China, Door veel, Zo Geestelijke als Werreltijke, Geheugteekenen, Verscheide Vertoningen van de Natuur en Kunst. Amsterdam:  J. Janssonius van Waesberge and widow of E. Weyerstraet, 1668.

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Lot 296
KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS. 1602-1680.
Toonneel van China, Door veel, Zo Geestelijke als Werreltijke, Geheugteekenen, Verscheide Vertoningen van de Natuur en Kunst. Amsterdam: J. Janssonius van Waesberge and widow of E. Weyerstraet, 1668.

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300
KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS. 1602-1680.
Toonneel van China, Door veel, Zo Geestelijke als Werreltijke, Geheugteekenen, Verscheide Vertoningen van de Natuur en Kunst. Amsterdam: J. Janssonius van Waesberge and widow of E. Weyerstraet, 1668.
Folio (348 x 232 mm). Additional engraved title, 2 folding maps, and 22 plates (2 folding), 60 engravings in the text (mostly half-page). Late 19th/early 20th century half black morocco and green textured cloth. Top cover and first 7 leaves detached, engraved title and maps laid down, repaired losses to margins.
WITH: 2 reference works on Kircher, including A Man of Misconceptions by John Glassie, and Athanasius Kircher, A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge by Joscelyn Godwin.

The first Dutch edition of China Illustrata, "one of the most influential books in shaping the European conception of China in its day" (B. Lawendahl, Sino-Western Relations ... in Western Printed Books 1477-1877, 2008). Translated from the Latin by Jan Hendrick Glazemaker, this edition was published a year after the first two Latin editions. The plates include a fine portrait of Johann Adam Schall von Bell and eight of Chinese calligraphy; among the richly-printed illustrations are plants and fruit including tea, rhubarb, papaya and pineapple. Cordier Sinica 26; De Backer & Summervogel IV, 1064; Lust 39; Morrison II, 380.
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KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS. 1602-1680. Toonneel van China, Door veel, Zo Geestelijke als Werreltijke, Geheugteekenen, Verscheide Vertoningen van de Natuur en Kunst. Amsterdam:  J. Janssonius van Waesberge and widow of E. Weyerstraet, 1668.
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