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New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery

By: A Grafton

282 pages, B/w illus

Harvard University Press

Paperback | Mar 1995 | #55164 | ISBN: 0674618769
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Describes the far-reaching effects of the discoveries made in the New World on the foundations and authority of the Old World.

Grafton's book is about the identity of the Americas--an identity hewn out of intellectual conflict, just as much as military or political conflict. -- David McKitterick New York Times Book Review In his eloquent disquisition...Grafton demonstrates his mastery of the world of the Renaissance text and his skills as a historian of scholarship, scholarly processes, and intellectual debates. -- Larry Ceplair Los Angeles Times Book Review Beautifully presented and delightful to read. Grafton's prose has a rare combination of qualities, smooth-flowing and hard-hitting...The concentrated power, the broad erudition, the impeccable aim which characterize Grafton's vignettes are enviable. -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto London Review of Books Grafton is massively erudite and scrupulous as a scholar; at the same time he has command of a relaxed narrative style: his book about the reconfiguration of knowledge in Renaissance Europe is aimed at the general reader and no doubt finds its mark. -- Mary Baine Campbell Arion


Foreword by Timothy Healy Introduction 1. A Bound World: The Scholar's Cosmos 2. Navigators and Conquerors: The Universe of the Practical Man 3. All Coherence Gone 4. Drugs and Diseases: New World Biology and Old World Learning 5. A New World of Learning Epilogue Notes Bibliography Illustration Sources Acknowledgments Index

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Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. April Shelford is a graduate student in history at Princeton University. Nancy Siraisi is Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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