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Lucidarium

 

Vestibuli et Januae lingvarum lucidarium, hoc est Nomenclatura rerum ad autopsian deducta

The elucidator of the Vestibule and Gate of Tongues, that is, the Nomenclature of things deduced through themselves

 

 


Origin of the work:
  1652 – 1653 Sárospatak


Editions:
  1657 Amsterdam, Opera didactica omnia III, extract

1957 Opera didactica omnia III (phototype edition), extract

1957 Prague, Acta Comeniana 16, no.1 (fragment discovered by Turnbull), Czech translation by J. Červenka

1970 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 17 (fragment discovered by Turnbull)

 


Contents:

This is the first version of the treatise Orbis sensualium pictus (the World in Pictures, the Orbis). No complete print or even manuscript is known. Two printed fragments of the Lucidarium have been found; the first is evidently an extract, and was found by G. H. Turnbull in the Hartlib effects (Samuel Hartlib), while the second, discovered by József Bakos is not entirely similar to the Turnbull fragment, and is later. See the entry for the Orbis.

 

For further study, see also:

J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 17. Prague 1970, pp272-294

G. H. Turnbull, An incomplete Orbis pictus of Comenius, printed in 1653. In: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského (Acta Comeniana), XVI (I) 1957, pp35-42, Czech translation pp43-48

Jan Kumpera, J. A. Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp278-279 (Orbis)

 

 



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