20 November 2003
KIRCHER, Athanasius (1602-1680). Romani Collegii Societatus Jesu Musaeum Celeberrimum. Amsterdam: ex officina Janssonio-Waesbergiana, 1678. Engraved additional title, portrait of Kircher, and 16 (of 17) engraved plates only, 9 folding. Numerous illustrations, 4 engraved. (Lacking the 'Obeliscus Chigius' plate, 'Obeliscus Aegyptiacus' plate misbound in second work, repaired tear to one plate, another with section of blank margin torn away.) FIRST EDITION. A detailed catalogue of Kircher's collection of Chinese & Egyptian antiquities as well as his collection of scientific instruments; also includes observations on Egyptian hieroglyphics. Caillet 5784. [Bound with:]
A. KIRCHER. Sphinx Mystagoga. Amsterdam: ex officina Janssonio-Waesbergiana, 1676. Half-title. 5 engraved plates, 2 folding, one double-page. Numerous illustrations, 6 engraved. FIRST EDITION of Kircher's final published work on Egyptology. Merrill 27.
2 works in one volume, 2° (385 x 245mm). 18th-century calf, spine gilt, uniform with lots 67-70, 72-73 (later lettering-pieces, spine rubbed and chipped at foot).
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