China monumentis [frontispiece].

Alternative Title

Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China monumentis, qva sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata, auspiciis Leopoldi Primi roman. imper ...[title page].

Date Created

1667

Identifier

University of Otago Library (DeBeer) Special Collections - Lc 1667 K
s45

Publisher

Amstelodami, apud Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet.

Description

Kircher was ordained a Jesuit in 1628 in Mainz, Germany, but fled his homeland and settled in Rome in 1634 to escape the Thirty Years War. He remained in Rome most of his life researching a wide variety of disciplines, from geography and astronomy to medicine and music. He was a rigorous and sometimes unconventional scientist, yet all his writings retain some of his mystical and religious conceptions of nature. The "China Illustrata" was first published in Latin in 1667, in German in 1668, and in French two years later. The text is based on descriptions by European explorers (many of them Jesuits) in China, India, and other Asian countries. With this book Kircher hoped to demonstrate the origin of Oriental "customs, ceremonies, and idols . . . and to demonstrate the way to bring [back] those who have been turned away from Christ by devilish malice." The splendid engravings were based on explorers' sketches and original images imported from Asia. Not only are they clear visualizations of Kircher's philosophy toward Asian traditions but they are also the first complete illustrations of various aspects of the civilization.

Contributor

Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680

Format

Frontispieces
Engravings

Extent

370 mm

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Provenance

Bookplate of Richard Caulfield L.L.D., Fellow Soc. Antiq. London, Corresp. Mem. Soc. Antiq. Normandy Cork.

Source

Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China monumentis, qva sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata, auspiciis Leopoldi Primi roman. imper Amstelodami, apud Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet (Amstelodami, apud Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet, 1667).

Language

lat

Is Part Of

China monumentis.

Files

s45.jpg

Collection

Citation

Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680, “China monumentis [frontispiece].,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 1, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6012.