(with publishers where known)


1631 Ars Magnesia, Zinck, Wurzberg ; magnetic phenomena, his first publication.

1636 Prodromus Coptus

1641 Magnes sive de arte magnetica opus tripartitum, Grignani, Rome,
his most ambitious work on magetic phenomena - from the magnetism of the earth to application of the principles in toys.

1643 Lingua Aegyptiaca restituta

1645 -- 1646 Ars Magna Lucis et umbrae in mundo,

1650 Obeliscus Pamphilius

1650 Musurgia universalis, sive ars magna consoni et dissoni

1652 - 1655 Oedipus Aegyptiacus, a pioneering work on Egyptian hieroglyphs

1654 Magnes sive... third edition, Mascardi for Deversin and Masotti, Rome, much expanded.

1656 Iter e xstaticum, Rome.

1663 Polygraphia , seu artificium linguarium quo cum omnibus mundi populis poterit quis respondere

1665 - 1678 Mundus subterraneus, quo universae denique naturae divitiae..

1667 China Monumentis, qua sacris qua profanis..., Jansonnius van Waesberghe and Jacob van Meurs, two imprints in Amsterdam.

1667 Magneticum naturae regnum

1669 Ars magna sciendi... Jansonnius van Waesberghe, Amsterdam. An attempt to make a universal construct for human knowledge based on the nine attributes of God.

1673 Phonurgia nova sive Conjugium, Campidonae

1675 Arca Noe,... Janssonius, Amsterdam, and a fantastic attempt to illustrate through reconstruction the biblical story of the FLOOD.

1676 Sphinx mystagoga, Jansonnio-Waesbergiana, Amsterdam. Part of hius Egyptian studies.

1676Obelisci Aegyptiaci, Jansonnio-Waesbergiana, Amsterdam, a study of oblelisks and hieroglyphs.

1680Physiologia Kicheriana experimentalis, Jansonnio-Waesbergiana, Amsterdam, and a compilation of texts and images by one of Kircher's pupils, J.H.Kestlerus, with sections on light and shadow, music and acoustics, alchemy and hydraulics. With a section on hypnotism of animals.


1679Turris Babel... Jansonnio-Waesbergiana, Amsterdam. Speculations on languages and scripts.





Bach, Jose Alfredo.

Athanasius Kircher and his Method: A Study in the Relations of the Arts and Sciences in the Seventeenth Century. (Thesis (Ph.D): University of Oklahoma, 1985).


Baldwin, Martha.

Athanasius Kircher and the Magnetic Philosophy. (Thesis (Ph.D): University of Chicago, Department of History, 1987).


Bangert, William V.

A History of the Society of Jesus. 2nd ed., rev. and updated (St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1986).


Biagioli, Mario. (1994)

"Jesuit Science Between Texts and Contexts," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 637.


Blair, Ann, tr, and Irving A. Kelter. (1995)

"The Refusal to Accommodate: Jesuit Exegetes and the Copernican System," Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 26, pp. 273-83.


Crombie A.C.,

Styles of Thinking in the European Tradition, Duckworth, London 1994, 3 vols.


Du, Shi-ran and Qi Han. (1992)

"The Contribution of French Jesuits to Chinese Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," Impact of Science on Society, vol. 42, no. 167, pp. 265-278.


Gage, John,

Colour in Art, Thames & Hudson London 1993. See section on The Sound of Colour.


Godwin, Joscelyn,

Music, Mysticism and Magic, A Sourcebook, Arkana, New York, 1987, and a translation of a section of Musica Universalis.


Godwin, J.,

Athanasius Kircher : A Renaissance Man and the Quest for lost knowledge, London 1979.


Hamy, Alfred, ed.

Galerie Illustrée de la Compagnie de Jésus. (Paris: Chez l'Auteur . . ., 1893).


Harris, Steven.

Jesuit Idealogy and Jesuit Science: Scientific Activity in the Society of Jesus, 1540-1773. (Thesis (Ph.D.): University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988).


Healy, George Robert.

Mechanistic Science and the French Jesuits: a Study of the Responses of the Journal de Trevoux (1701-1762) to Descartes and Newton. (Thesis (Ph.D.): University of Minnesota, 1956).


Kemp, Martin,

The Science of Art, Optical themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat,

Yale, New Haven, 1990, and the influence of Kircher's Ars Magna on Poussin. Kircher taught perspective to the painter in Rome and his discourses on colour and the camera obscura further extend his relevance to the study of images.


Lattis, James M.

Christopher Clavius and the Sphere of Sacrobosco: The Roots of Jesuit Astronomy on the Eve of the Copernican Revolution. (Thesis (Ph.D.): University of Wisconsin, 1989).


Lattis, James M.

Between Copernicus and Galileo: Christoph Clavius and the Collapse of Ptolemaic Cosmology. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).


MacDonnell, Joseph.

Jesuit Geometers: a Study of Fifty-Six Prominent Jesuits Geometers During the First Two Centuries of Jesuit History. (Saint Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1989).



Madsen S.,

Sale catalogue, The Scientific Library of the late Soren Madsen, Sotheby's, London, 14th March 1996, lots 189 - 207.


Mercier, Barthelemy.

Notice raisonneé des ouvrages de Gaspar Schott, Jesuite: contenant des observations curieuses sur la physique experimentale, l'histoire naturelle & les arts, (Paris: Chez Lagrange, 1785).


Merrill B.L.,

Athanasius Kircher, Jesuit Scholar, an exhibition of his works in the Harold B.Lee Library (Provo, Utah, 1989)


Wallace, William A.

Galileo, the Jesuits, and the Medieval Aristotle. (Hampshire, Great Britain: Variorum, 1991).