Showing posts with label 1700's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1700's. Show all posts

Sunday, April 28, 2013

William Cowper (1666-1709)...Myotomia reformata... 1724

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William Cowper (1666-1709) was an English surgeon and anatomist.
 This is his most noted work, and is one of the most beautiful anatomical atlases 
of its time. The first edition was published in 1694 and contained ten illustrative plates. 
Cowper then spent the years until his death on expanding it for the second edition (1724)

more HERE

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Francisco Agüera Bustamante...La Portentosa vida de la muerte...1792

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The earliest documented example of skeletal imagery in Mexico’s literary culture is thought to be the etchings accompanying the tragicomic protonovel, La Portentosa vida de la muerte, published in 1792 by Fray Joaquín Bolaños and illustrated by Francisco Agüera

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thomas Wright ...bookplate... Eye of Providence 1750

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Eye of Providence from ~ An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe 1750

“Here we may observe that as the human mind in its imeterial state, has a power of creating both imaginary matter & space so as in a moment to pass from one object to another though at an indefinite distance, so the immortal soul may also with the like facility pass from our state of existence to an other neither of which powers at present appear to be subject to our known ideas of either mater time or space.”  Thomas Wright

This passage seems to be inspired by Robert Fludd’s translation of an ancient hermetic text:
“…command thy soul, what thou pleasest, and it will fly sooner than thou commandest…nothing
will hinder her (not) the wheeling about of the starry orbs, nor yet the bodies of the other stars,
but piercing all these, it passeth quite through…”