- Full Description
Joseph Broader wrote a book entitled A New System of Artificial Memory, Applied to General History, Chronology, etc., Ancient and Modern in London in 1827. Today this is incredibly rare, with only five copies recorded in holdings in the U.S. The engravings symbolically and pictorially portray the history of the world by century, beginning with the 7th century B.C.E. and ending at 1827. The plates were intended to serve as a mnemonic device -- a visual aid to assist with recall of historical chronology and important events and dates. A devoted art fan in the Bay Area has produced fine, very high quality calendars featuring this vintage artwork. Each is spiral bound, printed on very heavy stock, oversized, and enclosed in a handsome clear-view sleeve.
Each century is divided into 10 decades (except the 19th century, which is divided into nine 3-year periods up to 1827).
Although the engravings were made well before the Modern era, the graphics resemble Dadaist art from the early 20th century with their floating, naively drawn figures and objects in varied scale; isolated letters and words; and overlapping, collage-like compositions of items that have no obvious relationship.
From the late 18th century through much of the 19th century, there was a movement to incorporate visual representations into education as aids to memorization -- from classroom maps and globes to picture encyclopedias. Broader’s book appears to belong to that movement, although its approach relates specifically to mnemonics – the use of a device, such as a formula, picture or rhyme, as an aid to memory.
- Additional Information
Item Code JB20 Publisher Calligraphics Publish Date 2019 Binding Wirebound Dimensions 13x19 # Pages 24pg Color b&w