For the Sake of Learning

Essays in honor of Anthony Grafton


In this tribute to Anthony Grafton, a preeminent historian of early modern European intellectual and textual culture and of classical scholarship, fifty-eight contributors present new research across the many areas in which Grafton has been active. The articles span topics from late antiquity to the 20th century, from Europe to North American, and a full spectrum of fields of learning, including art history, the history of science, classics, Jewish and oriental studies, church history and theology, English and German literature, political, social, and book history. Major themes include the communities and dynamics of the Republic of Letters, the reception of classical texts, libraries and book culture, the tools, genres and methods of learning.

Contributors are: James S. Amelang, Ann Blair, Christopher S. Celenza, Stuart Clark, Thomas Dandelet, Lorraine Daston, Mordechai Feingold, Paula Findlen, Anja-Silvia Goeing, Robert Goulding, Alastair Hamilton, James Hankins, Nicholas Hardy, Kristine Louise Haugen, Bruce Janacek, Lisa Jardine, Henk Jan de Jonge, Diane Greco Josefowicz, Roland Kany, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Arthur Kiron, Jill Kraye, Urs B. Leu, Scott Mandelbrote, Suzanne Marchand, Margaret Meserve, Paul Michel, Peter N. Miller, Glenn W. Most, Martin Mulsow, Paul Nelles, William R. Newman, C. Philipp E. Nothaft, Laurie Nussdorfer, Jürgen Oelkers, Brian W. Ogilvie, Nicholas Popper, Virginia Reinburg, Daniel Rosenberg, Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Ingrid D. Rowland, David Ruderman, Hester Schadee, Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann, Richard Serjeantson, Salvatore Settis, Jonathan Sheehan, William H. Sherman, Nancy Siraisi, Jacob Soll, Peter Stallybrass, Daniel Stolzenberg, N.M. Swerdlow, Dirk van Miert, Kasper van Ommen, Arnoud Visser, Joanna Weinberg and Helmut Zedelmaier.

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Ann Blair is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University, where she teaches in book history and the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe (with a focus on France and Northern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries). She is the author of The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science (Princeton UP, 1997) and Too Much To Know: managing scholarly information before the modern age (Yale UP, 2010).

Anja-Silvia Goeing is anniversary fellow at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne and Privatdozent at the University of Zurich. She is currently preparing a book on practices of knowledge transfer at the Zurich lectorium in the sixteenth century. Her work includes studies on fifteenth-century biographies written about the Italian Humanist Vittorino da Feltre (1999; 2013).
“this is a succulent feast of erudition, to which every reader will wish to return time and again.”
Luc Deitz, Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg / Universität Trier. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Winter 2017), pp. 1485-1488.
Editors’ Preface XV
List of Figures and Tables XIX
Notes on Contributors XXIV
Anthony Grafton: A Short Biography to 2015 XXXVII
Ann Blair and Nicholas Popper
Anthony Grafton: A Bibliography to 2015 LI
C. Philipp E. Nothaft

Volume 1

Part 1
Scaliger and Casaubon

1 Confidentiality and Publicity in Early Modern Epistolography: Scaliger and Casaubon 3
Dirk van Miert

2 Religion and Politics in the Composition and Reception of Baronius’s Annales Ecclesiastici: A New Letter from Paolo Sarpi to Isaac Casaubon 21
Nicholas Hardy

3 Chronology and Hebraism in the World of Joseph Scaliger: The Case of Arnaud de Pontac (Arnaldus Pontacus) 39
Joanna Weinberg

4 Joseph Scaliger in England 55
Mordechai Feingold

5 What Does an Oriental Scholar Look Like? Some Portraits of Joseph Scaliger and Other Sixteenth-century Oriental Scholars: A Selection 73
Kasper van Ommen

6 Joseph Scaliger’s Treatise De apocryphis Bibliorum (ca. 1591) 91
Henk Jan de Jonge

Part 2
Knowledge Communities

7 Streetwalking and the Sources of Citizen Culture 107
James S. Amelang

8 Baudouin Ronsse as Writer of Medical Letters 123
Nancy Siraisi

9 Performing Humanism: The Andreini Family and the Republic of Letters in Counter-Reformation Italy 140
Sarah Gwyneth Ross

10 A Spanner and His Works: Books, Letters, and Scholarly Communication Networks in Early Modern Europe 157
Daniel Stolzenberg

11 Managing Cardinals’ Households for Dummies 173
Laurie Nussdorfer

12 Francis Bacon and the Late Renaissance Politics of Learning 195
Richard Serjeantson

Part 3
Scholarship and Religion

13 Pomponio Leto’s Life of Muhammad 215
Margaret Meserve

14 Erasmus, Luther, and the Margins of Biblical Misunderstanding 232
Arnoud Visser

15 When Manuscripts Meet: Editing the Bible in Greek during and after the Council of Trent 251
Scott Mandelbrote

16 Theology and the Conditions of Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Discernment of Spirits 268
Stuart Clark

17 John Selden in Germany: Religion and Natural Law from Boecler to Buddeus (1665–1695) 286
Martin Mulsow

18 “Crouch for Employment”: Unleashing the Animal Kingdom in the Popish Plot 309
Bruce Janacek

19 Lutheran Islamophiles in Eighteenth-century Germany 327
Alastair Hamilton

20 The Sacrificing King: Ancients, Moderns, and the Politics of Religion 344
Jonathan Sheehan

Part 4
Cultures of Collecting

21 Privatbibliotheken antiker Christen 367
Roland Kany

22 An Imagined Library in the Italian Renaissance: The Presence of Greek in Angelo Decembrio’s De politia literaria 393
Christopher S. Celenza

23 A New World of Books: Hernando Colón and the Biblioteca Colombina 404
William H. Sherman

24 The Rediscovered Third Volume of Conrad Gessner’s “Historia plantarum” 415
Urs B. Leu

25 Suchen und Finden vor Google: Zur Metadatenproduktion im 16. Jahrhundert 423
Helmut Zedelmaier

26 The Vatican Library Alphabets, Luca Orfei, and Graphic Media in Sistine Rome 441
Paul Nelles

27 On the Production and Dissemination of a Hebrew Best Seller: Pinḥas Hurwitz and His Mystical-scientific Encyclopedia, Sefer Ha-Brit 469
David Ruderman

28 For the Birds: Collecting, Art, and Natural History in Saxony 481
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

Volume 2
Part 5
Learned Practices

29 Visualisierungen mittels Tabellen 507
Paul Michel

30 Paduan Extracurricular Rhetoric, 1488–1491 542
Anja-Silvia Goeing

31 Cardano’s Malicious Horoscope and Gaurico’s Morbid Horoscope of Regiomontanus 561
N.M. Swerdlow

32 Lingua Adamica and Speculative Philology: Philo to Reuchlin 572
Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann

33 Petrarch and Babylon: Censoring and Uncensoring the Rime, 1559–1651 581
Peter Stallybrass

34 Campanella and the Disciplines from Obscurity to Concealment 602
Kristine Louise Haugen

35 Spirits in the Laboratory: Some Helmontian Collaborators of Robert Boyle 621
William R. Newman

36 Cutting and Pasting: Interpreting the Victorian Scrapbook Practices of Sabato Morais 641
Arthur Kiron

Part 6
Approaches to Antiquity

37 King Arthur’s Merry Adventure in the Vale of Viterbo 661
Ingrid D. Rowland

38 Ancient Texts and Holy Bodies: Humanist Hermeneutics and the Language of Relics 675
Hester Schadee

39 Europe’s First Democrat? Cyriac of Ancona and Book 6 of Polybius 692
James Hankins

40 The Early History of Man and the Uses of Diodorus in Renaissance Scholarship: From Annius of Viterbo to Johannes Boemus 711
C. Philipp E. Nothaft

41 Imagining Marcus Aurelius in the Renaissance: Forgery, Fiction, and History in the Creation of the Imperial Ideal 729
Thomas Dandelet

42 Marcus Aurelius and the Republic of Letters in Seventeenth-century Antwerp 744
Jill Kraye

43 Stoics, Neoplatonists, Atheists, Politicians: Sources and Uses of Early Modern Jesuit Natural Theology 761
Brian W. Ogilvie

44 Henry Savile Reads His Euclid 780
Robert Goulding

45 Natur und Zeit: Antike Motive im Umfeld von Rousseaus Emile 798
Jürgen Oelkers

46 The Whig Interpretation of Homer: F.A. Wolf’s Prolegomena ad Homerum in England 821
Diane Greco Josefowicz

Part 7
Uses of Historiography

47 Quae vires verbo quod est “classicum” aliis locis aliisque temporibus subiectae sint quantumque sint eius sensus temporum diuturnitate mutati 845
Salvatore Settis

48 History and Antiquity at French Pilgrim Shrines: Three Pyrenean Examples 854
Virginia Reinburg

49 Inventing the Middle Ages: An Early Modern Forger Hiding in Plain Sight 871
Paula Findlen

50 Goethe and the End of Antiquarianism 897
Peter N. Miller

51 Georg Ebers, Sympathetic Egyptologist 917
Suzanne Marchand

52 The Rise and Fall of Quellenforschung 933
Glenn W. Most

53 Authenticity, Autopsia, and Theodor Mommsen’s Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 955
Lorraine Daston

54 Time Offline and On 974
Daniel Rosenberg


55 “Studied for Action” Revisited 999
Lisa Jardine

56 The Grafton Method, or the Science of Tradition 1018
Jacob Soll

Index 1033
Anyone interested in the many areas in which Anthony Grafton has worked, viz. the history of scholarship, early modern European intellectual history and book history.
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