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.