on method, 1
Method(s) ( See also Ideal, Lose. )|
A new method for
By a new method
By the old method
By what method
By this method
As the best method
Is the only method
Is extracted by the following method
ex McNeill’s Code (1908 Edition)
link to scan of Pennsylvania State University copy
My method is to show my sources, pretty fully. I like to think that if there's sufficient mystery in the thing, references and citations won’t dampen it — and might even lend some nuance.
It’s a baroque practice.
Some time back, I drafted (but never completed nor posted) a rumination on (what I called) “social emblematics.” I had stumbled on and was amazed by the many reiterations (and mis-reiterations) of the expression “All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.” It’s all over the place, in tumblr and flickr and many elsewheres, and is usually attributed to Lemony Snicket. I tracked it down to its first appearance in print ( not in a Lemony Snicket book! ) with Daniel Handler’s help.
These reiterations were typically used as a caption to an image, either original or recycled. I wanted to demonstrate how these new re-usings were not unlike older combinatoric practices, emblem making among them.
I gathered and examined a few examples of the “All the secrets” aphorism, and then moved to the baroque precedent, by reflecting on the relationship to each other of two emblem books:
- George Wither, his A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, whose title continues : “quickened with metricall illustrations, both Morall and Divine: and disposed into Lotteries, that Instructions, and Good Counsell, may bee furthered by an Honest and Pleasant Recreation” (London, 1635);
- and the engravings from Gabriel Rollenhagen (1583-1619) his Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum (1611), that Wither plundered/recycled.
emblematics; method; miasma; telegraphic codes
Bedford McNeill, McNeill’s Code (1908)