Vol. 10 No. 2 (2019)

Volvelles of knowledge. Origin and development of an instrument of scientific imagination (13th-17th centuries)

Gianfranco Crupi
Sapienza Università di Roma

Published 2019-05-15


  • Movable books,
  • Ramon Lull,
  • Matthew Paris,
  • Regiomontanus,
  • Apianus,
  • Leonhard Thurneysser,
  • Ottavio Pisani,
  • Book of fate,
  • Volvelle
  • ...More

How to Cite

Crupi, Gianfranco. 2019. “Volvelles of Knowledge. Origin and Development of an Instrument of Scientific Imagination (13th-17th Centuries)”. JLIS.It 10 (2):1-27. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12534.


This contribution reconstructs the history of volvelle in movable books; books created for a wide range of different purposes (teaching, mnemonics, play, divining, etc.) including mechanical or paratextual devices demanding or soliciting the interaction of the reader. The investigation runs from hand-written books, considering some specific editorial genres, including calendars, books of fate, anatomical flap books, navigation handbooks etc.


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