Unless otherwise noted, all images used on this site are photographs taken by Jillian Linster of the 1615 edition of Helkiah Crooke’s Mikrokosmographia held in the John Martin Rare Book room of the Hardin Library at the University of Iowa or the 1651 edition of the same book held by the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington.

2 Comments on “Images”

  1. Adrian Weiss says:

    Very interesting to this point. Yes, the technicalities of addressing the translator’s pivotal role are complex, For one thing, absolute fluency in the language of an ancient text is impossible, so it is quite possible that the translator and his/her critic may both miss nuances — even blockbuster ones. For one example, your opening remarks on the Greek title and your reference to the concept of the human BEING as a small universe or world inexplicably fails to mention a multitude of Eliz. references, both in philosphical, medical and dramatic texts, to “Man” as “MICROCOSM” with analogically corresponding parts, hierarchy, and functions. For one, the four humours from the four elements from the created material universe with the primal stuff having form imposed upon it by God in the act of creating the basic four building clocks of all material entities up to the level of the spiritual or rational level, in which “Man” is in the image of God by virtue of the addition of the rational soul to the vegitative and sensitive souls which are common to all lower rungs of the hierarchy of being. So, now that we are aware of the foundation of Greek, Roman, and Eliz. medical thinking of the body as a mirror of the created universe up to but not including the spiritual and rational soul, but with definite connections and power leverages to it, you can proceed with your very interesting and rather witty treatment of the subject. May your blog be informative and accurate. But perhaps you should read a tad of Fredson Bowers’s PRINCIPLES OF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION, simply because the first step in your description should follow his guidelines, plus the more recent principles of typogaphical analysis underslying the description of the very medium through which the text conveys its information.

    Cheers and Early Book Forever, Adrian

    • Dear Adrian,

      Thank you so much for your thorough and helpful comments. I am very much learning as I go with this blog, so there is much about it that is rough and inadequate. One of the things that was daunting to me in first undertaking this endeavor is the sheer size of the project, a problem highlighted by the example you bring up of the vast multitude of Elizabethan references to “Man” as “microcosm” in a wide variety of works. I ask pardon for that elision, which I did make consciously, as it is a topic I plan to return to in greater detail as I reach the sections of Crooke’s text which deal more explicitly with the concept – although I grant that the title is a quite important element of the text, so perhaps I should indeed have treated the subject more thoroughly at its initial introduction. I was at first excited to realize the number of issues raised by the title page alone, but then I rapidly became bogged down by the task of fully explicating all of those issues – I do want to build momentum, taking full advantage of the blog format. But the role of the “soul” in particular, both in Crooke’s text specifically and in the broader Early Modern understanding of the “human being,” is something I’m very interested in.

      I also thank you for the suggestion regarding Bowers. I tried to explain on the page titled “About the Blog” that I am working my way through his and several others’ texts to aid me in the bibliographic aspects of this project. I’m afraid my formal training in this regard is nil, but I hope that will be remedied when I begin my graduate studies at U of Iowa this fall. This blog is my first bibliographic endeavor, and I do have very, very much to learn about it. It is wonderful to be able to get input from others (such as yourself) who are much more learned than I to help me on my project. I hope that as it develops it improves by leaps and bounds.

      Appreciatively, Jillian

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