NEW ART OF MEMORY - Von Feinaigle, 1813 MNEMONICS MENTALISTS MAGIC MEMORIZATION
THE NEW ART OF MEMORY, FOUNDED UPON THE PRINCIPLES TAUGHT BY M. GREGOR VON FEINAIGLE: AND APPLIED TO CHRONOLOGY, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, LANGUAGES, SYSTEMATIC TABLES, POETRY, PROSE AND ARITHMETIC. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPAL SYSTEMS OF ARTIFICIAL MEMORY, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; AND INSTANCES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY POWERS OF NATURAL MEMORY
Book Details + Condition: Printed For Sherwood, Neely, and Jones (London). Second Edition, 1813. Hardcover with marbled boards and three-quarters leather binding. 451 pages with several pull-out engraved illustrations. Created by one of the first Mnenomists, M. Gregor Von Feinaigle, the work is one of the first comprehensive instructional systems for memorization and recall of large amounts of information. The author illustrates how to convert numbers into sounds, which can then be converted into mental pictures or words that are easier to remember than the original data. The numerous pull-out illustrations help to train the user to master the Mnemonic techniques presented. For more on M. Gregor Von Feinaigle, please see below. Boards have been re-attached in the past, but binding remains firm; rubbed corners and edges; toning and age-spotting to pages and endpapers; bookplate to inside front board (see below for more info); interior is clean and free of markings, save owner name to title page. Bookplate of Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 5th Baron Aylmer. Aylmer, GCB (24 May 1775 – 23 February 1850) was a British military officer and colonial administrator, and the Governor General of British North America (among other positions).
Gregor von Feinaigle (1760–1819), was a German mnemonist and Roman Catholic monk who created an extensive system of Memory. Gregor von Feinaigle’s memory system consists of two complementary methods, both designed to help the student learn and recall vast amounts of information on subjects including: history, geography, mathematics and languages. He was a performer on stage with his craft and is considered one of the first Mentalists.