The Marvels of the World (inbunden)
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The Marvels of the World

An Anthology of Nature Writing Before 1700

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Long before the Romantics embraced nature, people in the West saw the human and nonhuman worlds as both intimately interdependent and violently antagonistic. With its peerless selection of ninety-eight original sources concerned with the natural world and humankind's place within it, The Marvels of the World offers a corrective to the still-prevalent tendency to dismiss premodern attitudes toward nature as simple or univocal. Gathering together medical texts, herbals, and how-to books, as well as scientific, religious, philosophical, and poetic works dating from antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment, the anthology explores both mainstream and unconventional thinking about the natural world. Its seven parts focus on philosophy and science; plants; animals; weather and climate; ways of inhabiting the land; gardens and gardening; and European encounters with the wider world. Each section and each of the book's selections is prefaced with a helpful introduction by volume editor Rebecca Bushnell that weaves connections among these compelling pieces of the past. The early writers collected here wrote with extraordinary openness about ways of coexisting with the nonhuman forces that shaped them, Bushnell demonstrates, even as they sought to control and exploit their environment. Taken as a whole, The Marvels of the World reveals how many of these early writers cared as much about the natural world as we do today.
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Rebecca Bushnell is the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Emerita Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens among other books.


Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1. Natural Philosophy and Natural Knowledge Hebrew Bible, Genesis 1 Aristotle, Physics Lucretius, De rerum natura, or On the Nature of Things Pliny the Elder, Naturalis historia, or Natural History, On the Nature of the Earth Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine, On the Elements Hildegard of Bingen, Causae et curae, or Causes and Cures Alain de Lille, De planctu naturae, or The Complaint of Nature Roger Bacon, Opus majus, or Greater Work Saint Thomas Aquinas, Quaestiones disputatae de potentia dei, or Disputed Questions on the Power of God Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, The Book of the Secrets of Albertus Magnus Giambattista della Porta, Magia naturalis, or Natural Magic Guillaume du Bartas, La sepmaine ou creation du monde, or Divine Weeks and Works, On the Seventh Day Hugh Platt, Floraes Paradise Francis Bacon, Novum organum, or New Organon, and New Atlantis Hannah Wolley, The Ladies Directory Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World Thomas Sprat, History of the Royal Society Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, "First Dream" Part 2. Plants Theophrastus, De causis plantarum, or On the Causes of Plants Aristotle, De anima, or Of the Soul Dioscorides, De materia medica, or Herbal Pliny the Elder, Naturalis historia, or Natural History, On Flowers Pseudo-Apuleius, The Old English Herbarium Geoffrey Chaucer, The Legend of Good Women Pierre de Ronsard, "Ode to Cassandra" Leonhart Fuchs, De historia stirpium, or On the History of Plants William Turner, A New Herbal John Gerard, The Herbal or General History of Plants Guillaume Du Bartas, La sepmaine ou creation du monde, or Divine Weeks and Works, On Aconite William Lawson, A New Orchard and Garden, On the Cultivation of Trees John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole: Paradisus Terrestris, On Auriculas George Herbert, "The Flower" Ralph Austen, A Treatise of Fruit Trees, and The Spiritual Use of an Orchard or Garden of Fruit Trees Johanna St. John, Manuscript Recipes Samuel Gilbert,Florist's Vade-Mecum, On Auriculas Part 3. Animals Aristotle, Historia animalium, or The History of Animals Pliny the Elder, Naturalis historia, or Natural History, On Animals Physiologus Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum, or On the Properties of Things Second-Family Bestiary Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parliament of Fowls Marie de France, Fables John Lydgate, "The Debate of the Horse, Goose, and Sheep" Anselm Turmeda, The Disputation of the Donkey Michel de Montaigne, "An Apology for Raymond Sebond" John Caius, Of English Dogges Thomas Johnson, Cornucopiae Edward Topsell, The History of Four-Footed Beasts Gervase Markham, Markham's Masterpiece Hester Pulter, "The Ugly Spider" Richard Lovelace, "The Snail" Margaret Cavendish, Grounds of Natural Philosophy Robert Hooke, Micrographia Part 4. Weather, Climate, and Seasons Hippocrates, Airs, Waters, Places Aristotle, Meteorologica, or Meteorology Virgil, Georgics, Book 1, On the Storm Pseudo-Aristotle, Secreta secretorum, or The Secret of Secrets Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine, On Climate Wandalbert of Prum, On the Names, Signs, Times of Planting, and Qualities of Weather of the Twelve Months William Ram, Rams Little Dodoen Thomas Tusser, An Hundredth Points of Good Husbandrie William Shakespeare, King Lear Amelia Lanyer, "The Description of Cookham" William Shakespeare, The Tempest Thomas Jackson, The Raging Tempest Stilled Thomas Sprat and Robert Hooke, History of the Royal Society, On Weather Samuel Gilbert, Florist's Vade-Mecum, Instructions for July Part 5. Inhabiting the Land Theocritus, Idyll 7 Virgil, Eclogue 1 Virgil, Georgics, On Farming Columella, Res rustica, or On Agriculture, On Farming Walter of Henley, Dite de hosbondrie, or Boke of Husbandry William Langland, Piers Plowman Second Shepherd's Play, from the Wakefield Mystery