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1 Books of Secrets and the culture of how to European World HI320 Intellectual & Technological Change Case Study

2 ... since this blessed press appeared, the great part of people, women as well as men, know how to read; and what is more is that Philosophy and Medicine, and all the other branches of knowledge are abridged and printed in this our mother tongue... the majority, even including women speak about Philosophy, Medicine, Astrology, Mathematics and of as many sciences as there are in the world without being Doctors; and so no one can be deceived any more, since everyone who wants to work his brain a little can be learned [Lionardo Fioravanti, The Mirror of Universal Knowledge (1567)]

3 An early Italian recipe book (A new work entitled Palace of Recipes… Venice, 1528)

4 A New Pleasant Work Which Teaches How to Make Various Odoriferous Compositions To Make Any Woman Beautiful… (Venice, 1526)

5 A pamphlet instructing how to cure yourself of syphilis (1526)

6 3 how to pamphlets by the same author (handwriting, love letters, table setting)

7 An Italian charlatan (C17th)

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9 A German handbook for goldsmiths (1538)

10 A popular German manual on dietary requirements for sick people (1564)

11 An English almanac, 1637

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13 English and French translations of Alessio Piemonteses Book of Secrets

14 The Secrets of Lady Isabella Cortese. In Which are Contained Things Mineral, Medicinal, Artificial, Alchemical, and Many of the Art of Perfumery, Appropriate for Any Great Lady (Venice, 1561)

15 The marvelous and occult natural secrets translated from the Persian language into our Italian language. Dispensed by me, Benedetto known as the Persian (1613)

16 An English translation of Fioravantis Discourse on Surgery

17 The public production of medicines

18 An Italian charlatan (C17th)


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