Touches of Sweet Harmony: Pythagorean Cosmology and Renaissance Poetics. S. K. HENINGER.

Touches of Sweet Harmony: Pythagorean Cosmology and Renaissance Poetics.

San Marino CA: The Huntington Library & Art Gallery, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. xviii + 446pp. Original glaze black cloth boards, silver lettering to spine and silver-gilt design to upper cover. B&w illustrations, List of Works Cited, index. From the publisher: "The author describes a body of knowledge and certain modes of thought which characterized the renaissance and he emphasizes the need of understanding the renaissance mind before reading its literature. According to the author Literature is nothing more than someone's interpretation of his experience, a record of how he views the world. Since Pythagorean cosmology was discredited by the scientific revolution it will seem esoteric here. The author does not abide by the tenets of Pythagorean doctrine; but in order to understand the writings of those who did, it is important to shed delimiting assumptions. It is difficult for us to reason deductively and we may never accept the validity of the syllogism. But the renaissance did. And we have little chance of entering the renaissance mind if we confine ourselves to the inductive process." Contents in Three parts: Pythagoreanism In The Renaissance, Pythagorean Doctrine, and Poetics. Very light bruising to upper corners, owner's name in pen of half title page and ink stamped on upper edge of title page and again on upper edge of text block. Else a tight, bright and unmarked VG+ copy. Item #63506

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