, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 111–115 | Cite as

Epistolary practices in the Enlightenment

Roderick W. Home, Isabel M. Malaquias, and Manuel F. Thomaz (Eds.): For the love of science. The Correspondence of J. H. de Magellan (1722–1790). Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, 2 vols. 2002 pp. continuously paginated, US$184 HB
  • Robert FoxEmail author
Review Essay

In their illuminating introduction to this edition of the correspondence of Jean Hyacinthe de Magellan, the editors situate the letters to and from Magellan in a period of the history of science, centred on the last quarter of the eighteenth century, in which the volume and pace of scientific communication changed radically. From an age in which information had moved in a rather leisurely manner among an elite of academicians and the loftier citizens of the Republic of Letters, science had passed, by the early nineteenth century, to one in which a now far larger community prized dissemination that was at once more rapid and more public. The new age found its voice in a remarkable generation of pioneering journals, exemplified in the German-speaking world by Lorenz von Crell’s Chemische Annalen, first published in 1778, in Britain by William Nicholson’s Journal of natural philosophy, chemistry and the arts, launched in 1797, and in France by a succession of new periodicals from...


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  1. 1.Museum of the History of ScienceOxfordUK

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