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Camera obscura

[ Camera obscura ]

Scientifc volume. Magiae Naturalis Libri Viginti.

Gian Battista della Porta, 1650. Reg. 02333

The first edition of this book by della Porta dates from 1558. It was dedicated to a number of themes related to "natural magic": astrology, astronomy, chemistry and optics, amongst others. Della Porta included all the studies that had been made to date on the camera obscura. In the new edition of 1559 he defined its use to capture latent images from the real world, as well as its possibilities for visual spectacles.

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