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Athanasius Kircher, Musurgia universalis


Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680)
Musurgia universalis, Rome, 1650
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magl. 5._.92, vol. I, title page

The title page is a compendium of philosophical conceptions linked to the theme of the harmony of the universe. Kircher adds acoustical physics and heavenly music to mundane, human and instrumental music. In one of the illustrations in the work, Kircher portrays the universe as an organ.