Amstelodami: Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge & Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667. Item #02871
Kircher's Last Work on Magnetism in Nature
KIRCHER, Athanasius. Magneticum Naturae Regnum sive Disceptacio Physiologica de Triplici in Natura rerum Magnete, juxta triplicem ejusdem Naturae gradem digesto Inamimato Animato Sensitivo… Amstelodami: Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge & Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667.
First twelvemo edition, issued in the same year as the Rome first quarto edition, and not to be confused with the undated twelvemo edition [ca. 1669] from Johannis Janssonii. Twelvemo (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in; 133 x 72 mm). , 201,  pp. [ *10, A12 - I6,K2]. Extra-engraved title page. Initials. Tailpieces.
Contemporary full vellum with clasps. Sprinkled edges. Faded ink title to spine. With the dated 1668 bookplate of Francis, Provost of St. Cross at Augsburg (Franciscus D.G. PR Sanctae Crucis Auguste A 1668). An astonishingly clean and excellent copy.
Of the utmost scarcity in the marketplace, with only two copies of this edition (and only two of the Rome edition) coming to auction within the last thirty-five years, one of which was wormed and browned in a modern binding.
"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" (Merrill).
Merrill 21. Caillet 5781. Brunet III, 667. Graesse IV, 21. De Backer - Sommervogel IV, 1065.25.