The Abraham Cowley
Text and Image Archive

Art, Nature, and Wonder

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future


Abraham, Lyndy. Marvell and Alchemy. London, 1990.
Bath, Michael. Speaking Pictures: English Emblem Books and Renaissance Culture. London, 1994; ---- and D. Russell, eds., Deviceful Settings: The Eng. Renaissance Emblem and its Contexts. New York, 1999.
Cosgrove, D., and S. Daniels eds. The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments.Cambridge, 1988.
Daly, James. Cosmic Harmony and Political Thinking in Early Stuart England. Philadelphia, 1979.
Daly, Peter. Emblem Theory. Nendeln, 1979.
Fowler, Alastair. Triumphal Forms: Structural Patterns in Elizabethan Poetry. Cambridge, 1970.
Hart, V. Art and Magic in the Court of the Stuarts. NY, 1994.
Marchitello, Howard. Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England: Browne's Skull and Other Histories. Cambridge, 1997.
Scoular, Kitty. Natural Magic: Studies in the Presentation of Nature in Eng. Poetry from Spenser to Marvell. Oxford, 1965.
Comito, Terry. The Idea of the Garden in the Renaissance. New Brunswick, 1978.
Hunt, John Dixon. Gardens and the Picturesque: Studies in the History of Landscape Architecture. Princeton, 1986.
Eamon, William M. Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Princeton, 1994.
Gerbi, Antonello. Nature in the New World: from Christopher Columbus to Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo. Tr. Jeremy Moyle. Pittsburgh, 1985.
McRae, Andrew. God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660. Cambridge, 1996.
Prest, John. The Garden of Eden: The Botanic Garden and the Re-Creation of Paradise. New Haven and London, 1981.
Sheehan, Bernard W. Savagism and Civility: Indians and Englishmen in Colonial Virginia. Cambridge, 1980.
Teich, Mikulas, Roy Porter, and Bo Gustafson, eds. Nature and Society in Historical Context. Cambridge, 1997.
Thomas, Keith. Man and the Natural World: A History of the Modern Sensibility. New York, 1983.
Arnold, Ken. Cabinets for the Curious: Looking Back at Early English Museums. Aldershot, 2006.
Biow, Douglas. Mirabile Dictu: Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Epic. Ann Arbor, 1996.
Benedict, Barbara M. Curiosity: a Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry. Chicago, 2001.
Biester, James. Lyric Wonder: Rhetoric and Wit in Renaissance English Poetry. Ithaca, 1997.
Campbell, Mary Baine. Wonder and Science. Ithaca, 1999.
Daston, Lorraine, and Katharine Park. Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750. New York, 1998.
Impey, O., and MacGregor, A., eds. The Origins of Museums: the Cabinet of Curiosities in 16th- and 17th-Century Europe. Oxford, 1985.
Kenseth, Joy, ed. The Age of the Marvelous. Hanover, NH, 1991 (pp. 61-79: J. Mirollo on Mannerist aesthetics and Cowley).
Swann, Marjorie. Curiosities and Texts: the Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England. Philadelphia, 2001.

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Cabinets de curiosités: XVIe et XVIIe siècles (Gilles Thibault; in progress)
Earth the Planter / Four Seasons' Fecundity / Title-Page, Theatrum Botanicum / The Gardener as Orpheus
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