SUBTERRANEAN WATERS DESCRIBED IN CARNIOLAN LETTERS
MAILED TO A. KIRCHER (* 1601; †1680)
Stanislav Ju˛nič - (36/3,2007)
Kircher’s letters connected with the area of today’s Slovenia
were analyzed. His Jesuit informer Wilpenhoffer’s reports on
the Cerknica Lake and Idrija Mine were put forward. He also
helped distribution of Kircher’s books among Auerspergs and
other Ljubljana nobles. Janez Vajkard Auersperg’s letters as an
example of high nobility correspondent patronage were put at
the limelight in connection with Janez and his admirer Valvasor’s
own research of the Postojna Cave flora and fauna.
Keywords: Athanasius Kircher, Christophorus Wilpenhoffer,
Janez Vajkard Auersperg, Janez Vajkard Valvasor, History of
Karst Research, Cerknica Lake, Jesuits.