Oleum Ex Vacuo

  • Author: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer
  • Date: 1731
  • Medium: Copperplate Engraving
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Inches: 12 1/2 x 8 1/4
  • Centimeters: 32.05 x 21.15
  • Price: $175.00

Oleum Ex Vacuo

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was born in Switzerland and became a physician by trade, with a strong interest in natural history and paleontology.

Like many scientists of the day, he considered the Old Testament a factual account of the history of the earth. He hypothesized that all plants had perished in the flood described in the bible. During his extensive travels he collected one of the largest fossil collections of the 18th century in which he believed to have discovered the fossil of a human flood victim. In his masterpiece, Physica Sacra, he details his theory at length, using references to the 1611 King James Bible.

Despite there being no mention of America in the book, there are illustrations of American birds, such as vultures, golden eagles, and pelicans; animals such as flying squirrels, lobsters, and a narwhal; an illustration of cochineal; and an illustration of the aurora borealis.

The book was a sensation & was published simultaneously in Latin, German & French.
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