The King James Version of the Bible is well-known, but it’s remarkable that King James VI and I was also the author of a book on daemonology and witchcraft, and more precisely on how to conduct witch hunting. The influence of this book, combined with Jean Bodin's Demonomania, started the great witch craze of the XVIIth century where countless women were executed for commerce with the devil.

The King James Version of the Bible is well-known, but it’s remarkable that King James VI and I was also the author of a book on daemonology and witchcraft, and more precisely on how to conduct witch hunting. The influence of this book, combined with Jean Bodin's Demonomania, started the great witch craze of the XVIIth century where countless women were executed for commerce with the devil.

Map of Nice and its castle in 1610

Map of Nice and its castle in 1610

Newton for ladies

Newton for ladies

Proust’s petit pan de mur jaune, at the edge of Vermeer’s View of Delft.

Proust’s petit pan de mur jaune, at the edge of Vermeer’s View of Delft.

Map of Guadeloupe, 1656

Map of Guadeloupe, 1656

Whale captured in the Mediterranean Sea in 1619. (Engraving by Michael Frommer)

Whale captured in the Mediterranean Sea in 1619. (Engraving by Michael Frommer)

The Port-Royal Logic, a seminal work on logic, linguistics, philosophy, mathematics, and catholic theology. Bertrand Russell does not mention it in his essay Mathematics And The Metaphysicians; maybe this oversight is not deserved.

The Port-Royal Logic, a seminal work on logic, linguistics, philosophy, mathematics, and catholic theology. Bertrand Russell does not mention it in his essay Mathematics And The Metaphysicians; maybe this oversight is not deserved.

Devanagari characters, from China monumentis qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae et artis spectaculis, by Athanasius Kircher, Amsterdam, 1667.

Devanagari characters, from China monumentis qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae et artis spectaculis, by Athanasius Kircher, Amsterdam, 1667.

A transliteration page from a Georgian-Italian Dictionary published in 1629 in Rome; which was the first printed book using moveable type for Georgian script (mkhedruli).

A transliteration page from a Georgian-Italian Dictionary published in 1629 in Rome; which was the first printed book using moveable type for Georgian script (mkhedruli).

Map of India, Paris, 1683 (from Description de l’Univers by Alain Manesson Mallet)

Map of India, Paris, 1683 (from Description de l’Univers by Alain Manesson Mallet)