12 12 21 Etheritage Charles F Blunt

Charles F. Blunt: The beauty of the heavens: a pictorial display of the astronomical phenomena of the universe: one hundred and four coloured scenes illustrating a familiar lecture on astronomy (London, 1842)

To illustrate the science of astronomy, Charles F. Blunt has created 104 coloured panels entitled The beauty of the heavens. Together with the explanatory text, they are intended as instruction for the whole family:

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12 08 03 Etheritage Robida

Albert Robida: Le Vingtième Siècle (Paris 1883)

Albert Robida (1848-1926) was a French writer, draughtsman, painter, caricaturist and journalist. He began his career as an illustrator for popular Parisian magazines such as Chronique illustrée and Le Pollichinelle. He became famous for his illustrations of luxury editions of literary works by François Rabelais, Charles Perrault, Honoré de Balzac and others. From 1879 onwards, Robida published a

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11 11 25 Etheritage Willem Piso

Willem Piso: De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica (Amsterdam, 1658)

Willem Piso (1611-1678) served from 1636 to 1644 as a doctor in the Dutch colony in Brazil. As a pioneer of tropical medicine and pharmacology, he studied herbal medicine of the indigenous peoples and supported their health practices. In the jungle, he set out in search of medicinal plants and thus gained the reputation of being the first European to gain an understanding of the indigenous

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11 02 09 Etheritage Khunrath

The stuff crime novels are made of: Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (Hanau, 1609)

By their very nature, texts on alchemy are largely inaccessible, difficult to comprehend and often have an obscure edition history – and none more so than Heinrich Kunrath’s Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae. As Umberto Eco writes, while the posthumous Hanau edition of this work was

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10 05 28 Etheritage Phlegraei

Glow with the Flow: William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (Naples, 1776-1779)

As a British diplomat at the court of the Kingdom of Naples, Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) had an ideal location to study the volcanoes of the region. Several times he climbed Mount Vesuvius and witnessed the violent and dangerous outbreaks of the time. To capture his observations of

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10 02 05 Etheritage Gichtel

Johann Georg Gichtel: Von den drei Prinzipien und Welten im Menschen (S.I., 1736)

Der deutsche Advokat, Mystiker und Spiritualist Johann Georg Gichtel (1638-1710) ist in erster Linie als Herausgeber der Werke Jakob Böhmes bekannt. Seine eigene Position ging dann aber weit über diejenige Böhmes hinaus, indem sich Gichtel der “völligen Ertödtung des Fleisches” und des Kampfs gegen Satan verschrieb.

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