Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618), with Scholarly Commentary, edited by Tara Nummedal and Donna Bilak
Re-rendering the German alchemist Michael Maier’s intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book, Atalanta fugiens (1618), as an enhanced, open-access, online publication, Furnace and Fugue allows contemporary readers to hear, see, manipulate, and investigate Atalanta fugiens in ways that Maier perhaps imagined but that were impossible to fully realize before now. An interactive, layered digital edition provides accessibility and flexibility, presenting all the elements of the original book along with significant enhancements that allow for deep engagement by specialists and nonspecialists alike, while scholarly essays explore Atalanta fugiens and its place in the history of music, science, print, and visual culture in early modern Europe.
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