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Author Wilkins, John, 1614-1672.

Title Mercury, or, The secret and swift messenger : shewing how a man may with privacy and speed communicate his thoughts to a friend at any distance ; together with An abstract of Dr. Wilkins's essays towards a real character and a philosophical language / John Wilkins ; with an introductory essay by Brigitte Asbach-Schnitker
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 1984
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Description 1 online resource (cix, viii, 184 pages) : illustrations
Series Foundations of semiotics, 0168-2555 ; v. 6
Foundations of semiotics ; v. 6. 0168-2555
Contents ""MERCURY: OR THE SECRET AND SWIFT MESSENGER ESSAY TOWARDS A REAL CHARACTER AND A PHILOSOPHICAL LANGUAGE ""; ""Editorial page ""; ""Title page ""; ""Copyright page ""; ""Table of Contents ""; ""0. Introduction ""; ""1. General Characterization: Sources and Aims ""; ""2. Early Continental Developments ""; ""3. Language Invention in England ""; ""3.1 The Beginnings""; ""3.2 Universal Character""; ""3.3 Universal Language""; ""3.4 The Turn of the Century""; ""3.5 The 18th Century""; ""4. Universal Languages in France ""; ""4.1 The 17th Century""; ""4.2 The 18th Century""
""5. Universal Languages in Germany""""5.1 Comenius and the Academy at Herborn""; ""5.2 J.J. Becher and A. Kircher ""; ""5.3 G.W. Leibniz ""; ""5.4 Logically Orientated Movements in 18th Century Germany""; ""5.5 Pasigraphic Proposals""; ""5.6 Conclusion""; ""6. Notes ""; ""7. Bibliography ""; ""7.1 List of Source Works""; ""7.2 List of Secondary Works""; ""7.3 The Works of John Wilkins""; ""THE LIFE of the AUTHOR: AND AN Account of his WRITINGS. ""; ""To MERCURY the Elder: On the most Learned Mercury the Younger""; ""MERCURY: THE Secret and Swift Messenger. ""
""CHAP. I. The Dependance of this Knowledge in Nature. The Authors that have treated of it. Its Re-lation to the Art of Grammar. """"CHAP. II. The Conditions requisite to Secresy: The use of it in the Matter of Speech, either ""; ""CHAP. III. Concerning that Secresy of Speech, which consists in the Words, Either ""; ""CHAP. IV. Concerning the Secret Conveyances of any written Message in Use amongst ihe Ancients. ""; ""CHAP V. Of that Secresy which consists in the Materials of Writing whether the Paper or Ink.""
""CHAP. VI. Secret Writing with the common Letters, by changing of their Places. """"CHAP. VII. Concerning Secret Writing with equal Letters, by changing their Powers. The Ufe of this amongst the Jews and Romans. The Key-Cha-racter. ""; ""CHAP. VIII. Of Secret Writing by more Letters than are requisite to the intended meaning. ""
Notes "Reprinted from the third edition: The mathematical and philosophical works of the Right Reverend John Wilkins (1708)."
Originally published in 1707
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Cryptography -- Early works to 1800.
Language and languages.
Philosophy -- Miscellanea.
Genre/Form Early works.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
Author Asbach-Schnitker, Brigitte.
LC no. 84024279
ISBN 902728010X (electronic bk.)
9789027280107 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Mercury
Secret and swift messenger
Abstract of Dr. Wilkins's Essays towards a real character and a philosophical language