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KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magneticum Naturae Regnum.

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KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magneticum Naturae Regnum.
 Magnetism. KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magneticum Naturae Regnum.
Amstelodami: Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge & Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667.

4to, mm. 238x170, contemporary full smooth vellum; handwritten title on back. Handwritten notes on the first endpapers with signature AB, pp. 136 p., an illustrated frontispiece, woodcut initial letters. Traces of humidity but good copy in his original binding.

Condition Report

First edition published in the same year as the Roman one."The Magneticum naturae regnum contains Kircher's final words on the principle of magnetism in nature. Much of the work repeats what was said earlier in his much more extensive Magnes sive de arte magneticum. Kircher discusses the role of magnetism in man (attraction and repulsion, friendship and hatred, likes and dislikes, sympathy and antipathy), in inanimate nature in animate or vegetative nature and sensitive nature. He asserts that the principle of attraction and repulsion can explain the most obscure phenomena of physics and that there is no secret in nature that cannot be penetrated and understood by astute observation - an attitude characteristic of his time"