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adammclean
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 Posted: Thu Mar 18th, 2010 02:07 pm
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Has anyone seen the article  by Lee Stavenhagen

"Narrative Illustration Techniques and the Mute Books of Alchemy," Explorations in Renaissance Culture, vol. 5 (1979), 56-69.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 18th, 2010 11:30 pm
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I haven't read it, but you can pick up the first six volumes of this journal as a job-lot here:

http://www.amazon.com/Explorations-Renaissance-Culture-volumes-1974-1980/dp/B001DD23E4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268951229&sr=1-3

Stavenhagen is the translator of Morien:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/10853627?selectedversion=NBD725498

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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2010 12:06 am
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Paul Ferguson wrote: Stavenhagen is the translator of Morien:
Yes.  I have that book which was published in 1974.  I just wondered what he had to say about the "Mute books of alchemy". His article on Morienus in Ambix is 1970. So his publishing history as far as alchemy is concerned seems to be in the 1970's.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 23rd, 2010 07:44 pm
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A colleague sent me some photographs of the article, which is quite straightforward and not written out of any deep research. I found Stavenhagen's note about Maier's Atalanta fugiens very amusing by its rather dismissive tone,

For an account of Maier and this interesting work, which included alchemical jingles set to music, see John Read, Prelude to Chemistry...


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