Kircher, Obeliscus Pamphilius

Extremely rare first edition. Ludovico Grignano, Roma, 1650. Folio, 320x215 mm. Full stiff vellum binding, leaves [32, including title page], pp. 560 [i.e. 558], leaves [30], mistakes in numeration. Coat of arms of Pope Innocenzo X on title page. In this work Kircher aims to decipher the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the obelisk around which would be built the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona.

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