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By explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta's Natural Magic (1559) conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously. Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the "how-to" books written by medieval al ...more
Paperback, 490 pages
Published May 13th 1994 by Princeton University Press (first published 1994)
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"There is something about a secret which makes people believe"

Oct 20, 2008 Nicole marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read this yet but Preston thought it may be relevant to your work. You might also look at:
Tebeaux, Elizabeth. "Books of Secrets - Authors and Their Perception of Audience in Procedure Writing of the English Renaissance." Issues in Writing 3 (1990): 41-67.

and perhaps this dissertation, though not sure if this one is quite what you're after....
Stine, Jennifer. "Opening Closets: The Discovery of Household Medicine in Early Modern England." PhD Thesis, Stanford, 1996.
I've read parts of this, but I need to read the whole thing this term. Preferably before a post-doc application is due in March.
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I am Regents Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at New Mexico State University, where I have taught history of science and European history for almost 30 years. I’m a specialist in the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy and Spain, and most of what I write is about the origins of modern science. I have written and edited 3 books and more than 50 articles, essays, ...more
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