Document Type



Spring 1991


Gabriel Naude, Humanistic Thought




Arts and Humanities | Library and Information Science


This paper is an edited version of a talk given by the author for the Syracuse University Library Associates on February 18, 1988. It was originally titled: "Gabriel Naude, Seventeenth-Century Scholar Librarian of Mazarin". Among Naude's works discussed here, the George Arents Research Library has copies of the 1903 reprint of the 1661 English translation of "Advis pour dresser une bibliotheque," the 1744 Cologne edition of "Considerations politiques sur les coups d'estat," and "Naudaeana et Patiniana," 2nd ed. (Amsterdam: Vander Platts, 1703).

The life of Gabriel Naude falls within one of the liveliest centuries in the history of Europe. Against the background of continent-wide civil unrest, the Star Chamber Decree in England, the breakup of the Spanish Empire, and the Thirty Years' War, people were seeing the first performances of the plays of Shakespeare and Moliere, and were looking at the paintings of Rembrandt and Velasquez. Leibniz, Descartes, and Spinoza were challenging traditional philosophies, and while Newton was developing the principles of universal gravitation, Kepler was formulating laws governing the motion of the planets that laid the foundations for modem astronomy.


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