Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) Between Science and Scholarship

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Eric Jorink, Dirk van Miert
BRILL, Jul 20, 2012 - History - 352 pages
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Mostly remembered for his library and for his biblical criticism, Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) played a central role in the early modern European world of learning. Taking his cue from the unlikely bedfellows Joseph Scaliger and Ren Descartes, Vossius published on chronology, biblical criticism, optics, African geography and Chinese civilization, while collecting, annotating and selling one of the century s most precious libraries. He was appointed an early Fellow of the Royal Society, and moved in the circles which later gave rise to the Acad mie Royale des Sciences. Together with Christiaan Huygens, he was considered the Dutch Republic s foremost student of nature. In this volume, a range of authors analyse Vossius participation in the full spectrum of the Republic of Letters, much of which has sadly been written out of the history of both scholarship and science. Contributors include: Anthony Grafton, Scott Mandelbrote, Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, Karel Davids, Thijs Weststeijn, Colette Nativel, Susan Derksen and Astrid C. Balsem
 

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Contents

Isaac Vossius and the European World of Learning
1
From Casaubon and Scaliger via Saumaise to Isaac Vossius
15
Isaac Vossius Chronologer
43
Isaac Vossius and the Septuagint
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Isaac Vossius and the Scientific Communities in France England and the Dutch Republic
119
The Development of Isaac Vossius Optics 16581666
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Isaac Vossius and Geography
189
Vossius Chinese Utopia
207
Isaac Vossius entre Philologie et Philosophie
243
Manuscript Notes in Books from the Vossius Collection
255
The Bibliotheca Vossiana
281
Isaac Vossius in Context
311
Bibliography
319
Index
343
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Eric Jorink (PhD 2004, University of Groningen) is a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). He is the author of Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715 (Brill 2010). With Dirk van Miert he is a chief editor of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources. Dirk van Miert (PhD 2004, University of Amsterdam) is a research fellow at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. He is the author of Humanism in an Age of Science: The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704. He has published books on Hadrianus Junius and has edited, with Paul Botley, The correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (Droz 2012).

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