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List of Porta’s Works

The editors of the “Edizione Nazionale Delle Opere di Giovan Battista della Porta” (Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Raffaele Sirri, general editor) have so far printed an impressive number of Porta’s texts:

  • Ars reminiscendi, 1602 (1996).
  • Claudii Ptolemaei magnae constructionis liber primus, 1588 (2000).
  • Coelestis physiognomonia, 1603 (1996).
  • De aeris transmutationibus, 1610 (2000).
  • De ea naturalis physiognomoniae parte quale ad manuum lineas spectat libri duo (2003).
  • De humana physiognomonia—libri sex, 1584/1601 (2011).
  • Della fisionomia dell'uomo Libri sei, 1596 (2011–13).
  • De munitione libri tres, 1608 (2013).
  • Elementorum curvilineorum libri tres, 1610 (2005).
  • Pneumaticorum libri tres, 1601 (2008).
  • Taumatologia e Criptologia (2013).
  • Teatro, in 4 Volumes (2000–2003)
  • Villae, in 3 Volumes, 1592 (2010).

Other editions

  • De telescopio. Edited and introduced by Vasco Ronchi e Maria Amalia Naldoni. Florence: Fondazione Giorgio Ronchi. 1962
  • Metoposcopia. Edited and introduced by Giovanni Aquilecchia. Naples: Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa. 1990.

Historic editions and translations

  • De distillationibus libri IX. Strasbourg: L. Zetzner, 1609.
  • Magiae naturalis, sive, De miraculis rerum naturalivm libri IIII. Naples: Matthias Cancer, 1558.
  • Magiae Naturalis libri xx. Napels: Horazio Salviani 1589
  • Natural magick. London, 1658. [Anastatic reprint, of English Translation of 1589 edn. Of the Magia. New York: Basic Books, 1957] (Scholar)

Secondary Literature

  • Agrippa von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius, 1991, De occulta philosophia libri tres, ed. by Vittoria Perrone Compagni, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Arnold, Klaus, 1991, Johannes Trithemius (1462–1516), Würzburg: Schöningh. (Scholar)
  • Badaloni, Nicola, 1959/1960, “I fratelli Della Porta e la cultura magica ed astrologica a Napoli nel ‘500”, Studi Storici, 4: 677–715. (Scholar)
  • Balbiani, Laura, 2001, Giambattista della Porta, Frankfurt/M: Lang. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, “Alte und neue Medien in der Della Porta-Rezeption: enzyklopädische Nachschlagewerke und World Wide Web”, Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft, 18:191–214. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1999, “La ricezione della Magia naturalis di Giovan, Battista della Porta nella Cultura e scienza dall’Italia all’Europa”, Bruniana et Campanelliana, 5: 277–303. (Scholar)
  • Baldini, Ugo, 2001, “The Roman Inquisition’s Condemnation of Astrology: Antecedents, Reasons and Consequences”, in Church, Censorship and Culture in Early Modern Italy, edited by Gigliola Fragnito, translated by Adrian Belton, pp. 79–110. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,. (Scholar)
  • Biagioli, Mario, 1991, Galileo, Courtier: The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Bolzoni, Lina, 1990, “Retorica, teatro, iconologia, nell'arte della memoria del Della Porta”, in Giovan Battista della Porta nell’ Europa del suo tempo, Naples: Guida, pp. 337–385. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2002, The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press, Jeremy Parzen (transl.), Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Scholar)
  • Borelli, Ariana, 2011, “Giovan Battista della Porta’s Naepolitan Magic and his Humanstic Meteorology”, in Siegrfied Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlüs (eds.), Variantology 5. On deep relations of arts, sciences and technologies, Cologne: Walter König, pp. 103–130. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014, “Thinking with Optical Objects: Glass spheres, Lenses and refraction in Giovan Battista della Porta’s optical writings” Jounal of Early Modern Studies, 3: 39–62. (Scholar)
  • Caputo, Cosimo, 1982, “La struttura del segno fisiognomico.Giambattista della Porta e l’universo culturale del ’500”, Il Protagora, 22: 63–102. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990, “Un manuale di semiotica del Cinquecento: il ‘De humana Physiognomonia’ di Giovan Battista della Porta”, in Maurizio Torrini (ed.), Giovan Battista della Porta nell’ Europa del suo tempo, Naples: Guida, pp. 69–91. (Scholar)
  • Cassirer, Ernst, 2002, Individuum und Kosmos in der Philosophie der Renaissance. Die Platonische Renaissance in England und die Schule von Cambridge, Hamburg: Meiner. (Scholar)
  • Clubb, Louise George, 1964, Giambattista della Porta, Dramatist, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, “Nicht durch das Wort allein. Jenseits der Sprache von Della Portas Theater” Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Chrsitian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft, 18: 174–77. (Scholar)
  • Copenhaver, Brian P., 1991, “A Tale of Two Fishes, Magical objects in Natural History from Antiquity through the Scientific revolution”, Journal of the history of ideas, 25: 373–398. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998, “The occultist tradition and its critics” in Daniel Garber and Michael Ayers (eds.) The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, vol. 1 pp. 454–457, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2007, “How to do magic and why: philosophical prescriptions”, in James Hankins (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Daston, Lorraine and Peter Galison, 2007, Objectivity, New York: Zone Books. (Scholar)
  • Daston, Lorraine and Katharine Park, 1998, Wonders and the order of nature, 1150–1750, New York: Zone Books. (Scholar)
  • Dupré, Sven, 2007, “Images in the air. Optical games, magic and imagination”, in C. Göttler and W. Neuber (eds.), Spirits Unseen. The Representation of Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture, Leiden: Brill pp. 71–91. (Scholar)
  • Eamon, William, 1994, Science and the secrets of Nature. Books of secrets in medieval and early modern culture, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1995, “Natural magic and utopia in the Cinquecento. Campanella, the Della Porta Circle, and the Revolt of Calabria”, Memorie Domenicane, 26 n.s. [nuova serie]: 369–402. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010, The Professor of Secrets. Mystery, Magic and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy, Washington DC: National Geographic. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011, “How to Read a Book of Secrets”, in Elaine Leong and Alisha Rankin (eds.), Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500–1800, Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 23–46. (Scholar)
  • Ernst, Germana, 1991, “Il potere delle streghe tra cause naturali e interventi diabolici: spunti di un dibattito”, in Maurizio Torrini (ed.), Giovan Battista della Porta nell’ Europa del suo tempo, Naples: Guida, pp. 167–97. (Scholar)
  • Ficino, Marsilio, 1989 [1489], Three books on life, Carol V. Kaske and John R. Clark (ed., trans, comment). Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America. (Scholar)
  • Freedberg, David, 2002, The eye of the lynx. Galileo, his friends, and the beginning of modern natural history, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Gentilcore, David, 1998, Healers and Healing in Early Modern Italy, Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Scholar)
  • Giglioni, Guido, 2011, “Coping with Inner and Outer Demons: Marsilio Ficino’s Theory of the Imagination”, in Yasmin Haskell (ed.), Diseases of the imagination and imaginary disease in the early modern period, Turnhout: Brepols. (Scholar)
  • Giovannozzi, Delfina, 2006, Spiritus mundus quidam. Il concetto di spirito nell'opera di Giordano Bruno, Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura. (Scholar)
  • Greenblatt, Stephen, 1980, Renaissance Self-fashioning: From More to Shakespeare, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Hankins, James, 2007, “Ficino, Avicenna and the Occult Powers of the Rational Soul”, in Fabrizio Meroi (ed.), La magia nell’Europa moderna tra antica sapienza e filosofia naturale. Atti del convegno, Firenze, 2–4 ottobre 2003, Florence: Olschki, pp. 35–52. (Scholar)
  • Harkness, Deborah E., 1999, John Dee’s conversations with Angels. Cabala, alchemy, and the end of nature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Henry, John, 1986, “Occult Qualities and the Experimental Philosophy. Active Principles in pre-Newtonian Matter Theory”, History of Science, 24: 335–81. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, “The Fragmentation of Renaissance Occultism and the Decline of Magic”, History of Science, 46: 1–48. (Scholar)
  • Kingsley, Peter, 1995, Ancient philosophy, mystery, and magic. Empedocles and the Pythagorean tradition, Oxford: Clarendon. (Scholar)
  • Klaassen, Frank, 2013, The Transformations of Magic. Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance, University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press. (Scholar)
  • Kodera, Sergius, 2006, “Der Magus und die Stripperinnen. Giambattista Portas indiskrete Renaissance-Magie”, in B. Felderer and E. Strouhal (eds.), Rare Künste. Zur Kultur- und Mediengeschichte der Zauberkunst, Vienna: Springer, pp. 55–78. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010, Disreputable Bodies. Magic, Gender, and Medicine in Renaissance Natural Philosophy, Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2012, “Giambattista Della Porta‘s Histrionic Science”, California Italian Studies, 3: 1–27. [Kodera 2012 available online] (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014, “The Laboratory as Stage: Giovan Battista della Porta’s Experiments”, Journal of Early Modern Studies, 3: 15–38. (Scholar)
  • MacDonald, Katherine, 2005, “Humanistic Self-Representation in Giovan Battista Della Porta’s Della Fisonomia dell'uomo. Antecedents and Innovation”, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 36: 397–414. (Scholar)
  • Muraro-Vaiani, Luisa, 1978, Giambattista della Porta. Mago e scienziato. In appendice l’indice della Thaumaturgia, Milan: Feltrinelli. (Scholar)
  • Orsi, Laura, 2008, “Die literarische Dimension von Giovan Battista Della Portas Villa”, Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft, 18: 153–75. (Scholar)
  • Paolella, Alfonso, 2008, “Die Physiognomonie von Della Porta und Lavater und die Phrenologie von Galls”, Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft, 18: 137–53. (Scholar)
  • Piccari, Paolo, 2007, Giovan Battista della Porta. Il filosofo, il retore, lo scienziato, Milan: Franco Angeli. (Scholar)
  • Pomponazzi, Pietro, 2011, De incantationibus, ed by Vittoria Perrone-Compagni, Florence: Olschki. (Scholar)
  • Reeves, Eileen, 2008, Galileo’s Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Romei, Giovanna, 1989, “Entry: Della Porta, Giovambattista”, in V. Capelletti (ed.), Dizionario Biografico degi Italiani, Rome: Istituto della enciclopedia italiana, Vol. 37, pp. 170–182. (Scholar)
  • Saito, Fumikazu, 2011, O telescopio na magia natural de Giambattista della Porta, Sao Paolo: Editora Educ. (Scholar)
  • Shumaker, Wayne, 1972, The Occult Sciences in the Renaissance, Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Simon, Gérard, 1980, “Porta, la physiognomie et la magie, les circularités de la similitude”, in M. Jones-Davis (ed.), La magie et ses langages, Lille: Université de Lille III, pp. 59–106. (Scholar)
  • Siraisi, Nancy G., 1990, Medieval and Renaissance medicine. An introduction to knowledge and practice, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Smith Pamela H., 2009, “Science on the Move. Recent Trends in the History of Early Modern Science”, Renaissance Quarterly, 62: 345–375. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011, “What is a Secret? Secrets and Craft Knowledge in Early Modern Europe”, in Elaine Leong and Alisha Rankin (eds.), Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500–1800, Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 47–66. (Scholar)
  • Snyder, John, 2009, Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Strasser, Gerhard F., 2008, “Die europäische Rezeption der kryptologischen Werke Giovanni Battista Della Portas”, Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft, 18: 85–112. (Scholar)
  • Tarrant, Neil, 2013, “Giambattista Della Porta and the Roman Inquisition. Censorship and the definition of Nature’s limits in sixteenth-century Italy”, The British Journal for the History of Science, 46: 601–625. (Scholar)
  • Thielemann, Andreas, 2009, “Lenti e specchi nella scienza e nella pittura del primo Seicento”, in Rocco Sinisgalli (ed.) L’arte della matematica nella prospettiva, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi, Roma / Urbino, 8–11 Ottobre 2006, Foligno, pp. 127–149 and pp. 369–382. (Scholar)
  • Trabucco, Oreste, 2002, “Riscrittura, censura, autocensura: itinerari redazionali di Giovan battista della Porta”, Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, 22: 41–57. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005, “Il corpus fisiognomico dellaportiano tra censura e autocensura”, in I primi Lincei e il Sant’Ufficio. Questioni di scienze de di fede, Rome: Academia Nazionale dei Lincei, pp. 235–72. (Scholar)
  • Valente, Michaela, 1997, “Della Porta e l’inquisizione. Nuovi documenti dell’ Archivio del Sant’Uffizio”, Bruniana et Campanelliana, 3: 415–445. (Scholar)
  • Védrine, Hélène, 1986, “Della Porta e Bruno. Natura e magia”, Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, 65: 297–309. (Scholar)
  • Vermeir, Koen, 2012, “Openness versus secrecy? Historical and historiographical remarks”, British Journal for the History of Science, 45: 165–188. (Scholar)
  • Zambelli, Paola, 2007, White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)

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