I. Cryptography [series]:
Caramuel de Lobkowitz, Steganographiae Trithemii et Claviculae Salmonis
Germani declaratio et vindicatio .
Scope: Manuscript of a French translation of around 1650-1675, Neatly
written on fine laid paper this text deals with the
“Steganographia” of Abbot Trithemius which had been written around
1500 and printed in Lyons in 1531. It ends with a certification
that it follows accepted doctrine, with the date of 1534 and a
permit to print it stated to have been prepared in Salamanca,
1534. This may be fictitious or perhaps connected with the
original text of Trithemius. One leaf of introduction seems to be
missing. Otherwise in fine unflawed condition. Caramuel was a
Spanish theologian (1606-1682). He had a varied career, serving
Emperor Ferdinand III, Pope Alexander VII, and occupied some of
the highest positions in the Cistercian concerns, with secret
correspondences and means to communicate by hidden indications,
the invocation of spirits, writing explained by code, etc.
Coffis Moisé, Invenzione di cifre
di me .
Scope: Photocopy of Auto ms. from microfilm, unbound. Original held in
Fabayan Collection, Library of Congress. Ciphers developed by an
Italian captain for secret communication between princes and
potentates. Includes keys to ciphers. Brief text in Italian
translated into English and typed out opposite text.
Henri Spelmano (1564?-1641), Archaifmus Graphic .
Scope: Bound Auto ms., with Auto inscriptions by J. Fitzwiliam (1684)
and Thomas Smith (undated), Consists of alphabetical lists of
abbreviations and codes to be used for Latin and Greek. Henry
Spelman was knighted for his work on ecclesiastical and local
history. An independent scholar, Spelman is best known for his
work on the origins of English Common Law. This manuscript was
designed to assist in decoding legal documents in Latin and Greek
relating to the early history of law. First published as part I of
Henrici Spelmanni Archaeologus, 1626,
London, F. Beale, and reprinted in Glossarium, archaeologicum, 1664, London,
Scope: Auto notes. Note accompanying the mss. indicates that it was
from a group of drawings from the granddaughter of Gen. Henry
Clinton, probably ca. 1834.
Johannes Trithemius (1462-1516), Steganographia .
Scope: Bound photocopy of Auto ms., in 2 unidentified hands, from
microfilm with additional page tipped in noting missing pages and
describing contents. Codex Vaticanus Reg. Lat. 1344, a gift to
Philip M. Arnold from Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis
University, Vatican Film Library Collection. Examples of ciphers
and alchemical formulas. Apparently completed circa 1500.
Trithemius, the Abbot of Sponheim, delineated here 55 different
ciphers and described various ways of putting messages in codes.
The alchemical formulas and strange terms and characters caused
him to be suspected of withcraft. This manuscript by an important
cryptographer supplements the 1721 printed edition included in the
Arnold collection. First published as Steganographia: hoe est : Ars per occvltam
scriptvram animi svi volvntatem absentibvs aperiendi certa,
1606, Frankfurt, M. Beckeri.