KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS. Romani Collegii Societatus Jesu Musaeum Celeberrimum, Cujus magnum Antiquariae rei, statuarum, imaginum, picturarumque partem. Amsterdam: Janssonio-Waesbergiana, 1678. Engraved additional title, portrait, 17 engraved plates (many folding), and numerous woodcuts and some engravings in text -- [Bound with:] Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis, qua summa argumentorum multitudine & varietate naturalium rerum scientia per experimenta...quam ex vastis operibus Adm. Revdi. P. Athanasii Kircheri extraxit... Joannes Stephanus Kestlerus. Amsterdam: Janssonio- Waesbergiana, 1680. Engraved additional title and numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations (some engravings) in text. 2 works in one, folio, 378 x 245 mm. (14 7/8 x 9¾ in.), 18th-century vellum, covers gilt and gilt-panelled, each with large central gilt coat-of-arms of Maximilianus D.G. Abbaslambacensis, S.C.M. cons., smooth spine in seven gilt panels and gilt-lettered, yapp board-edges; some very minor light browning or pale foxing, otherwise a fine tall copy. Second work: Merrill 29; Wellcome III, p.396; Garrison-Morton 580; Caillet 5796.
The first work is a catalogue which describes and illustrates Kircher's collection of Chinese and Egyptian antiquities, as well as his collection of scientific instruments. The second work is a resumé of Kircher's observations and experiments, compiled by one of his students, and contains sections on acoustics, music, magnetism, light and shadow, hydraulics and alchemy. It also contains the first account of hypnotism in animals.