Amsterdam: Janssonio Waesbergiana, 1676.
First Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Very Good Condition. Item #047997
Full contemporary leather, neatly rebacked and recornered. Small dampstain to bottom right early on, scattered minor foxing., modest browning and offsetting throughout, heavier is spots but still legible. Illustrated in text and with 3 (of 5) plates. Lacking the smaller hieroglyphic plate and the pair of sarcophagi. Still, a nice copy of a book that doesn't always hold up very well in a finely restored original binding. (16),72,(6)p. Graesse IV 22, Brunet III 668.
Provenance: Old stamp from the Gõteborgs Museum and a bookplate on the front pastedown Nils Gyldenstolpe. Guldenstolpe was a 17th century Swedish Count and adviser to Karl XI.
The last of Kircher's works on Egypt - a colleague had discovered an intact tomb in Memphis and brought the contents back to France. He asked Kircher to translate the inscriptions and, in his inimitable fashion, he does so. Though he was uniformly incorrect in his translations, his connections between hieroglyphs and Coptic (rather than Greek, Latin, Hebrew) proved correct. Size: Folio. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Language & Linguistics. Inventory No: 047997.