Printed 1608: One Of The Great Occult Works On Cryptography
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Printed 1608: One Of The Great Occult Works On Cryptography:
PRINTED 1608: ONE OF THE GREAT OCCULT WORKS ON CRYPTOGRAPHY
Trithemius's famous Steganographia
[OCCULT] [CRYPTOGRAPHY] [CODE-BREAKING] [MAGIC] [Trithemius, Johannes, 1462-1516] Steganographia: hoc est, Ars per
occultam scripturam animi sui voluntatem absentibus aperiendi certa /authore reuerendissimo et clarrissimo viro, Joanne Trithemio ...
praefixa est huic operi sua Clauis, seu vera introductio ab ipsoauthore concinnata; hactenus quidem a multis multum desiderata, sed a
paucissimis visa: ... Ars per occultam scripturam animi sui voluntatemabsentibus aperiendi certi. Francofurti : ex officina typographic
Ioannis Saurii, sumptibus Ioannis Bernneri.,Anno M.DC.XIII. THREEWORKS BOUND TOGETHER, 2 OF WHICH ARE COMPLETE BUT WRONGLY BOUND WITH A THIRD INCOMPLETE WORK. CONSISTING OF [I] Steganographia , 179 pg, ... COMPLETE... BOUND WITH... [II] "Clauis generalis triplex in libros Steganographicos Iohannis Trithemii Abbatis Spanheimensis ...Darmbstadii : Excudebat Balthasar Hofmann, impensis Iohannis
Berneri, Bipliop. Francof., 1608": 7 pg., COMPLETE... BOUND WITH ... [III]an incomplete section of another work (presumed to be Trithemius'
Clavis Steganographiae Ioannis Trithemii Abbatis Spanheimensis.)[Frankfurt] : Venundatur apud Iohannem Bernerum, Bibliopolam
Francofurtensem, 1608 with signatures B-D2 only. Note: The book hasbeen incorrectly bound. The complete Steganographia has part of a
third incomplete work after pg. 8 bound in. It is followed by thecomplete Clauis generalis triplex and the rest of the Steganographia
continues after pg. 9. The Whole bound in attractive early German red-dyed vellum; internally, some browning, staining, minor worming, but generally good, t.p. left margin cut with early repair and no text loss.
"This is Trithemius' most notorious work. On the surface it is a system of angel magic, but within is a highly sophisticated system of cryptography. It claims to contain a synthesis of the science of knowledge, the art of memory, magic, an accelerated language learning system, and a method of sending messages without symbols or messenger. In private circulation, the Steganographia brought such a reaction of fear that he decided it should never be published. He reportedly destroyed the more extreme portions (presumably instructions for prophecy/divination) but it continued to circulate in mss form and was eventually published posthumously in 1606." style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">
"Trithemius' most famous work, Steganographia (written c. 1499; published Frankfurt, 1606), was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609 and removed in 1900. This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic—specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. Since the publication of the decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned withcryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be solely about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertextsfor yet more cryptography content. However, mentions of the magical work within the third book by such figures as Agrippaand John Dee still lend credence to the idea of a mystic-magical foundation concerning the third volume. Additionally, while Trithemius's steganographic methods can be established to be free of the need for angelic–astrological mediation, still left intact is an underlying theological motive for their contrivance. The preface to the Polygraphia equally establishes, the everyday practicability of cryptography was conceived by Trithemius as a "secular consequent of the ability of a soul specially empowered by God to reach, by magical means, from earth to Heaven".
The work has lent its name to the modern field of steganography." [WIKIPEDIA]