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The Mirror: A History

Sabine Melchior-Bonnet Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 308 pages 1 Review This engaging and witty cultural history traces the evolution of the mirror from antiquity to the present day, illustrating its journey from wondrous object to ordinary trinket. With its earliest invention, the mirror allowed us to gaze upon ourselves, bestowing a power both fascinating and terrifying. Preview this book »

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Beginning with a tale of early modern industrial espionage, newcomer Melchior-Bonnet considers the mirror's significance in moral, religious, and philosophical discourse throughout history.In the 17th ... Read full review

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An excellent book for anyone fascinated by the mirror, by history, by good storytelling, or by interesting writing!

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Translators Note by Katbarme H Jewett vii Introduction i i The Secret of Venice 9 18 The Royal Glass and 35 From Luxury to Necessity 70 THE MAGIC OF RESEMBLANCE 99 The Triumph of Mimesis 133 Staring at the Self in Order to 156 TROUBLING STRANGENESS 184 Oblique Mirrors and Specular 222 Mirror Fragments 246 Conclusion 270 Index 300 Copyright

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The Mirror: A History
Sabine Melchior-Bonnet
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About the author (2001)

Sabine Melchior-Bonnet is an instructor at the College de France in Paris. This is her first work to be published in English.

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Title The Mirror: A History Author Sabine Melchior-Bonnet Translated by Katharine H. Jewett Contributor Jean Delumeau Edition illustrated Publisher Psychology Press, 2001 ISBN 0415924472, 9780415924474 Length 308 pages Subjects History  › General

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