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Edited by Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou and Paul J. Smith

For this bilingual (English-French) anthology of early modern fictitious catalogues, selections were made from a multitude of texts, from the genre’s beginnings (Rabelais’s satirical catalogue of the Library of St.-Victor (1532)) to its French and Dutch specimens from around 1700. In thirteen chapters, written by specialists in the field, diverse texts containing fictitious booklists are presented and contextualized. Several of these texts are well known (by authors such as Fischart, Doni, and Le Noble), others – undeservedly – are less known, or even unrecorded. The anthology is preceded by a literary historical and theoretical introduction addressing the parodic and satirical aspects of the genre, and its relationship to other genres: theatre, novel, and pamphlet. Contributors: Helwi Blom, Tobias Bulang, Raphaël Cappellen, Ronnie Ferguson, Dirk Geirnaert, Jelle Koopmans, Marijke Meijer Drees, Claudine Nédelec, Patrizia Pellizzari, Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou, Paul J. Smith, and Dirk Werle.


Edited by Tommaso Astarita

Naples was one of the largest cities in early modern Europe, and for about two centuries the largest city in the global empire ruled by the kings of Spain. Its crowded and noisy streets, the height of its buildings, the number and wealth of its churches and palaces, the celebrated natural beauty of its location, the many antiquities scattered in its environs, the fiery volcano looming over it, the drama of its people’s devotions, the size and liveliness - to put it mildly - of its plebs, all made Naples renowned and at times notorious across Europe. The new essays in this volume aim to introduce this important, fascinating, and bewildering city to readers unfamiliar with its history.
Contributors are: Tommaso Astarita, John Marino, Giovanni Muto, Vladimiro Valerio, Gaetano Sabatini, Aurelio Musi, Giulio Sodano, Carlos José Hernando Sánchez, Elisa Novi Chavarria, Gabriel Guarino, Giovanni Romeo, Peter Mazur, Angelantonio Spagnoletti, J. Nicholas Napoli, Gaetana Cantone, Anthony DelDonna, Sean Cocco, Melissa Calaresu, Nancy Canepa, David Gentilcore, Diana Carrió-Invernizzi, and Anna Maria Rao.

The publisher, editor, and contributors mourn the passing of Gaetana Cantone, who died in April 2013.
Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Medieval Manuscripts (RAL-1)
This extraordinary collection comprises medieval manuscripts from the former Benedictine Abbey of Rheinau in the Swiss canton of Zurich.

This collection is also included in the Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts collection.

Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

Treasures and Artefacts of a Swiss Monastic Library

Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Treasures and Artefacts of a Swiss Monastic Library

History of Rheinau Abbey Library
Founded according to tradition in 778, first documented in 844, the Benedictine Abbey of Rheinau was dissolved in 1799, restored under the authority of the Canton of Zurich in 1803, and again dissolved in 1862 by the Cantonal Council. The legislature decided on 20 March 1863 to hand over the twelve thousand volumes in the Abbey Library to the Cantonal Library, the forerunner of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. The majority of these were printed books, along with 215 medieval parchments and 230 early modern paper manuscripts. Other paper manuscripts ended up in the library of Einsiedeln Abbey.

Thanks to the catalogue compiled by Basilius Germann (1727-1794) we know precisely what manuscripts the library held in the eighteenth century (see Ms. Rh. hist. 112 and 113). The catalogue ends with Ms. Rh. 164; shelf marks 165-193 were purchased by the Abbey later, including the Rheinau Psalter, Ms. Rh. 167. Germann’s successor, Blasius Hauntinger (1762-1826), brother of the better known librarian of St. Gallen Abbey, Johannes Nepomuk, bought this famous manuscript at an auction in Schaffhausen in 1817. Germann’s catalogues, with their very accurate codicological references, remain the basis for scholarly research into Rheinau’s medieval library even today. The extant codices reflect a well-equipped monastic library, whose main focus by its nature is on liturgy and theology, with missals, psalters, writings of the church fathers, monastic rules, and prayer books.

Until 1864, when the books were moved to Zurich, they adorned the baroque library, built between 1711 and 1717 in the north-east wing of the Abbey. The well-lit room with its white stucco work evidently enticed the librarians to colour the spines of the books black and stamp the shelf marks in gold, entirely in keeping with the ‘total art work’ nature of a baroque library.

Among the Rheinau manuscripts from the Middle Ages a few parchment codices of European importance stand out, such as the Reichenau Verbrüderungsbuch (confraternity book, Ms. Rh. hist. 27), which the enterprising Father Moritz Hohenbaum van der Meer brought to Rheinau in 1787 on loan from the library of Reichenau. Also from the important Reichenau Abbey are two folios from an Ottonian sacramentary ( Ms. Rh. 75) and the earliest extant floor plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem ( Ms. Rh. 73). Among the illuminated manuscripts are a gradual dating from circa 1200, Ms. Rh. 14, and its companion piece, Ms. Rh. 29. The Rheinau Psalter of around 1250 ( Ms. Rh. 167) is one of the masterpieces of High Gothic art. The Weltchronik of Rudolf von Ems ( Ms. Rh. 15) was produced a hundred years later, possibly in Zurich, as a late offshoot of the Manesse style.

Late flourishing
Rheinau experienced a late flourishing in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – a swansong, as it were, before its dissolution, which began in 1836 with a ban on the admission of novices. In 1778 Moritz Hohenbaum van der Meer had a Kurze Geschichte des Klosters Rheinau (a sort of quintessence of his historical miscellanies preserved in 38 folio volumes in Einsiedeln) printed by Johannes Matthias Mieth, the Fürstenberg court printer in Donaueschingen.

Christoph Eggenberger, Zentralbibliothek Zürich

This collection includes the sections:
RAL-1: Medieval Manuscripts
RAL-2: Early Modern Manuscripts
Brill’s Companions in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy is a leading series of handbooks providing graduate-level synthesis of debate and the state of scholarship on key authors and topics in Philosophy from the 19th century until the present period. Planned volumes include: German Romantic Philosophy, Humanist Political Thought in Italy, etc.


Edited by Gideon Manning

Matter and form have been fundamental principles in natural science since Greek Antiquity and their apparent rejection during the seventeenth century typically has been described as a precursor to the emergence of modern science. This volume reconsiders the fate of these principles and the complex history of their reception. By analyzing work being done in physics, chemistry, theology, physiology, psychology, and metaphysics, and by considering questions about change, identity, and causation, the contributors show precisely how matter and form entered into early modern science and philosophy. The result is our best picture to date of the diverse reception of matter and form among the innovators of the early modern period.


Claudia Claridge

The topic of this book fits in with the recently growing interest in phraseology and fixedness in English. It offers a description of multi-word verbs in the language of the 17th and 18th centuries, an important formative period for Modern English. For the first time, multi-word verbs are treated together as a group, as it is argued that phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs, phrasal-prepositional verbs, verb-adjective combinations and verbo-nominal combinations share defining characteristics. These characteristics are also reflected in similar possibilities of usage, in particular the subtle modification of verbal meaning and these verbs' potential for topicalization structures, both leading to a greater expressiveness.
Using a new text collection, the Lampeter Corpus of Early Modern English Tracts (1640-1740), the study provides a description of the multi-word verb types found, their syntactic behaviour, and their semantic structure. The composition of the corpus also allowed the examination of the development of these verbs over time and in different registers. The corpus study is supplemented by an investigation of attitudes towards multi-word verbs with the help of contemporary works on language, leading to a more speculative discussion of the factors influencing the choice between multi-word and simplex verbs.
Logic in the Early Modern Period

While textbooks and other writings on logic (e.g., disputations, sections within encyclopaedias) were utilized in large quantities during the early modern period, the relation between logic and philosophy was not always clear and is still sometimes a matter for debate to this day. For much of the 16th and well into the 17th century, whether logic was a part of philosophy or was preparation for the same was an issue of contention for many authors. In much of the European Continent, logic was taught in schools and then again at the university level, and sometimes with the use of highly diverse authors (e.g., Petrus Ramus at the secondary school level and Aristotle at the university level).

Reasoning process
The central focus of virtually all logic textbooks is the reasoning process, i.e., the process by means of which humans acquire knowledge. In logic one begins with themes (also referred to, for example, as categories, predicaments, or universals). With the use of arguments – which also can be referred to as predicates, places, or topics – one forms enunciations (i.e., propositions), which in turn are used to form syllogisms. The following arguments were generally among those discussed: antecedent and consequent, cause and effect, classification, comparison, definition, part and whole, relation, signs, and testimony. Among the sub-categories of enunciations commonly examined were affirmative, negative, true, false, necessary, contingent, simple, composite, non-modal, and modal enunciations. Syllogisms were usually discussed by diagramming common modes – i.e., kinds – of syllogisms (normally 48 in number) of which only 14 can result in valid syllogisms; various kinds of syllogisms – e.g., demonstrative or necessary syllogisms – were usually included.

Knowledge process
Discussion of syllogisms was normally accompanied by discussion of fallacies, induction, and demonstration / proof. Terms were discussed in one or more contexts; ideas and/or concepts were sometimes included. Scientia (which could be understood to mean knowledge and/or science), opinion, and other general topics pertaining to the knowledge process – including impediments to knowledge (e.g., error, prejudice) – were sometimes given attention. From the late 17th century onwards, logical interpretation (i.e., hermeneutics), and criticism (normally comprising or including literacy criticism) were included within the realm of logic.

From the year 1550 onwards – especially within logic texts authored by Protestants – pedagogical subject-matter was also included. The concept of method and disputation theory were normally examined; sometimes discussion of the how logic should be practiced and/or logical exercises were added. Method evolved into the modern concept of teaching methods; disputations serve as the precursors of the master's thesis, the doctoral dissertation, and academic debating. The pedagogical component of early modern treatises on logic served as the basis for the academic and professional subject-matters which today comprise the general field of pedagogy.

Prof. Joseph S. Freedman, Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama


Edited by Christoph Lüthy, John Murdoch and William Newman

This volume deals with corpuscular matter theory that was to emerge as the dominant model in the seventeenth century. By retracing atomist and corpuscularian ideas to a variety of mutually independent medieval and Renaissance sources in natural philosophy, medicine, alchemy, mathematics, and theology, this volume shows the debt of early modern matter theory to previous traditions and thereby explains its bewildering heterogeneity.
The book assembles nineteen carefully selected contributions by some of the most notable historians of medieval and early modern philosophy and science.
All chapters present new research results and will therefore be of interest to historians of philosophy, science, and medicine between 1150 and 1750.


Annette Kern-Stähler, Beatrix Busse and Wietse de Boer

The essays collected in The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern England examine the interrelationships between sense perception and secular and Christian cultures in England from the medieval into the early modern periods. They address canonical texts and writers in the fields of poetry, drama, homiletics, martyrology and early scientific writing, and they espouse methods associated with the fields of corpus linguistics, disability studies, translation studies, art history and archaeology, as well as approaches derived from traditional literary studies.

Together, these papers constitute a major contribution to the growing field of sensorial research that will be of interest to historians of perception and cognition as well as to historians with more generalist interests in medieval and early modern England.

Contributors include: Dieter Bitterli, Beatrix Busse, Rory Critten, Javier Díaz-Vera, Tobias Gabel, Jens Martin Gurr, Katherine Hindley, Farah Karim-Cooper, Annette Kern-Stähler, Richard Newhauser, Sean Otto, Virginia Richter, Elizabeth Robertson, and Kathrin Scheuchzer