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    Great Work on Cryptography by the
    Assistant to Athanasius Kircher

    Gaspar (Caspar, Kaspar) Schott. Schola Steganographica, In Classes Octo Distributa quibus, praeter alia multa, ac jucundissima, explicantur Artificia Nova, Queis quilibet, scribendo Epistolam qualibet de re, & quocunque idiomare, potest alteri ablenti, eorundem artificiorum conscio, arcanum animi sui conceptum, sine ulla secreti latensis suspicione manifestare & scriptam ab aliis eadem arte,quacunque lingua, intelligere & interpretari. Nuremberg: Jobus Hertz for Johann Andrea Endter & Heirs of Wolfgang Junior, 1665. First Edition. Quarto. [Lacks 2Y2 book-list of Schott's works, found in some copies] [36], 346,[6] pages. Extra-engraved title page, title page in red and black, engraved arms of Ferdinand Maximilian Margrave of Baden-Baden, eight engraved plates (six double-page, two folding), three tables (one folding, one double-page), text engravings, woodcut initials, head and tail pieces. Contemporary vellum, title in old hand on spine; one tie remains; bookplate of Hedwig Eberhard Frey dated 1920 on front pastedown; edges speckled red; minor toning and foxing, vellum browned as usual, one plate with repaired tears at blank tab; otherwise a fine copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Schott (1608-1666) Jesuit, student and assistant of Athanasius Kircher. During the last years of his life he decided to publish the mass of material he had collected on scientific subjects both from his own researches and those of others. He produced in a period of eight years (1658-1666) eleven books. He taught mathematics and physics at Mainz and W├╝rzberg. He "...yearned for the intellectual delights of Rome, and after twenty-five years in Italy he suffered from German winters and had to have his own hypocaust installed...Exhausted, it is said, by overwork on his books, he died in 1666." DSB XII,211.

    [See Umberto Eco, "Kircher Tra Steganografia E Poligrafia," in Athanasius Kircher S.J. Il Museo del Mondo,Rome,2001, p211-213, for a discussion of Schott's revision of Kircher's work on secret-writing.]

    VD 17 3:006423R. Dunnhaupt (2ed.) V,12.1. Caillet 10007. Graesse VI, part 1 315. Hirsch III,551. Jantz II,2262. De Backer/ Sommervogel VIII, 910. Wheeler Gift I,190. BL 17th German S1254. Galland 163.



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