Catalogue Entry: OTHE00056

Front Matter to Faith, Medical Alchemy and Natural Philosophy

Author: John T. Young

Source: Faith, Medical Alchemy and Natural Philosophy: Johann Moriaen, Reformed Intelligencer, and the Hartlib Circle (Aldershot: 1998).

[Normalized Text] [Diplomatic Text]

[1] Discovered by George Turnbull: for the history of the papers, see the 'Introduction' to Mark Greengrass, Michael Leslie and Timothy Raylor (eds.), Samuel Hartlib and Universal Reformation: Studies in Intellectual Communication (henceforth SHUR) (Cambridge, 1994), 1-26.

[2] The Hartlib Papers on CD-ROM (UMI: Ann Arbor, 1995; 2d. ed. HROnline: Sheffield, 2002).

[3] All these subjects will be dealt with in rather more detail in the course of the following study. On the notion of a 'Second Reformation', see Heinz Schilling (ed.), Die Reformierte Konfessionalisierung in Deutschland - Das Problem der 'Zweiten Reformation' (Gütersloh, 1986), esp. Heinz Schilling, 'Die "Zweite Reformation" als Categorie der Geschichtswissenschaft', pp. 387-437.

[4] George Turnbull, Hartlib, Dury and Comenius: Gleanings from Hartlib's Papers (Liverpool, 1947) (henceforth HDC), 363 and 458-60.

[5] The only other figures to compare with Moriaen in terms of quantity of material preserved are the Parliamentarian Cheney Culpeper, the agriculturalist and mystic John Beale, and the pansophic educationalist Cyprian Kinner.

[6] Charles Webster, The Great Instauration: Science, Medicine and Reform 1626-1660 (London, 1975).

[7] Milada Blekastad (ed.), Unbekannte Briefe des Comenius und seiner Freunde 1641-1661 (Ratingen and Kastellaun, 1976), 125-50.

[8] E.G.E. van der Wall, 'Johann Stephan Rittangel's Stay in the Dutch Republic', Jewish-Christian Relations in the Seventeenth Century, ed. J. van den Berg and E.G.E. van der Wall (Dordrecht, Boston and London, 1988), 119-34.

[9] Inge Keil, 'Technology Transfer and Scientific Specialization: Johann Wiesel, optician of Augsburg, and the Hartlib circle', SHUR, 268-78. Since the first appearance of this book, Keil has produced a fuller treatment of Wiesel, Augustanus Opticus: Johann Wiesel (1583-1662) und 200 Jahre optisches Handwerk in Augsburg (Berlin, 2000), and edited a rich collection of documentary evidence about her subject, Von Ocularien, Perspicillen und Mikroskopen, von Hungersnöten und Friedensfreuden, Optikern, Kaufleuten und Fürsten: Materialien zur Geschichte der optischen Werkstatt von Johann Wiesel (1583-1662) und seiner Nachfolger in Augsburg (Augsburg, 2003), in both of which Moriaen figures prominently.

[10] William Newman, Gehennical Fire: The Lives of George Starkey, an Alchemist of Harvard in the Scientific Revolution (Harvard, 1994).

[11] E.G.E. van der Wall, De Mystieke Chiliast Petrus Serrarius (1600-1669) en zijn Wereld (Leiden, 1987), 99-101, 302-3 and passim. This is a work that has been of enormous value to me in the preparation of this study.

[12] One short copy extract appears in James Knowlson's 'Jean Le Maire, the Almérie, and the "musique almérique"', Acta Musicologica 40 (1968), 86-9, but the article is not concerned with Moriaen himself.

[13] See O.P. Grell and Andrew Cunningham (eds.), Religio Medici: Medicine and Religion in seventeenth-century England (Aldershot, 1996).

© 2022 The Newton Project

Professor Rob Iliffe
Director, AHRC Newton Papers Project

Scott Mandelbrote,
Fellow & Perne librarian, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL - newtonproject@history.ox.ac.uk

Privacy Statement

  • University of Oxford
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • JISC