Amsterdam: Ex Officinâ Janssonio-Waesbergiana, 1680. First Edition. This copy is bound in modern fully calf with gilt title on the front board and spine label. This copy lacks the extra engraved title. This copy is Lacks *1 the extra-engraved Tile. The Typographic title present. First edition. This copy is clean but has some usual light browing yet it is crisp throughout, never having been washed or pressed. There is some occasional spotting, but none is too extensive. The binding is twentieth century full calf with title on the front board and “Kircher” on the spine. an impressive and large copy! Item #867
«Naturally there are large sections in light and shadow, magnetism, acoustics, and music; but there are also experiments and observations in hydraulics, alchemy, and a myriad of other topics. This compendium was perhaps a response to entreaties from Kircher's fellow scientists, who appreciated his keen observations and experiments but did not care to wade through some 40 volumes to glean them. The book is an example of what Kircher's writings could have been like at the hands of a good editor. The Physiologia is not only measure of Kircher's scientific curiosity and the vast range of his scientific researches, but also a barometer of his age, a catalogue of scientific concern of his time»; Caillet II, 5796.