Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Magic in Early Modern Europe and the Fire-Farting Rabbit


"Modern scholars often note that early engineers did not supply formal working drawings of their devices, but represented them in real time, functioning, in a way that did not give away their secrets but could appeal to patrons. Fontana, however, makes a superb exception to this rule. It’s true that he didn’t show how to make my personal favorite among his military devices, the Monty-Pythonish fire-farting rabbit."

excerpt from the text of Anthony Grafton.

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