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Brilliant Discourse
Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome

Evelyn Lincoln

Sixteenth-century Roman presses turned out hundreds of technical treatises and learned discourses written in the vernacular. Covering topics as diverse as the cultivation of silkworms, the lives of the saints, and the order of the cosmos, they made esoteric knowledge accessible to a broad spectrum of readers. Many of these books were illustrated with beautiful etchings, engravings, or woodcuts, and some were written in the form of theatrical and engaging dialogues. For writers, publishers, printers, and artists, bringing such books into the world changed the lives of those involved in their production. The process of publication, a risky business in itself, forged lively social networks centered on making and reading these treatises.


2014   304 pp.  10 color + 120 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300204193  $65.00 tx
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Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower
Artists' Books and the Natural World
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The Search for Takrur
Archaeological Excavations and Reconnaissance along the Middle Senegal Valley
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The Duchess's Shells
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Atlas of the Ethno-Political History of the Caucasus
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Birthright
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A Field Guide to California Lichens
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Voyaging in Strange Seas
The Great Revolution in Science
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Chasing Monarchs
Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
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The Double-Crested Cormorant
Plight of a Feathered Pariah
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Hemlock
A Forest Giant on the Edge
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The Incidental Steward
Reflections on Citizen Science
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Jefferson's Shadow
The Story of His Science
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Madness and Memory
The Discovery of Prions--A New Biological Principle of Disease
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My Backyard Jungle
The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It
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Riddle of the Feathered Dragons
Hidden Birds of China
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Arcadian America
The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition
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The Brain
Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs
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Earthmasters
The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
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Fundamentals of Physics
Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics
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Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda
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