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The man who knew everything

 

This wonderfully crazy illustration is taken from one of the many works by Athanasius Kircher held by the Library. Described as ‘the last man who knew everything’, Kircher was a seventeenth-century polymath who was likened to da Vinci and published lavishly illustrated works on every subject under the sun.

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