Abstract

Abstract:

Evert Duyckinck, in a letter of 1848 to his brother George, declared, “By the way Melville reads old Books.” Duyckinck here referred to the Religio Medici of Sir Thomas Browne, which Melville borrowed at that time. The following year in London he purchased a 1686 edition of Browne. Seventeenth-century books that Herman Melville also owned and perused would include books by Samuel Butler, Thomas Hobbes, Sir William D’Avenant, and Beaumont and Fletcher. He also collected seventeenth-century Dutch prints. Given this interest in the seventeenth century, Melville may have had the opportunity to examine the frontispiece to the atlas, Harmonia Macrocosmica, by Andreas Cellarius, a seventeenth-century Dutch-German cartographer, cosmographer, and mathematician.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1750-1849
Print ISSN
1525-6995
Pages
pp. 75-87
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-24
Open Access
No
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