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An Edition of Jacobus Colius, ‘Tractatus de fictis charateribus’ or ‘Tractate on Ciphers'

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In 1584, a twenty year-old London scholar-merchant of Flemish origin composed a hitherto neglected tract on the cryptanalysis and encryption of Latin and the major Western European vernaculars. He then revised it two years later. He was known in Neo-Latin scholarly circles as Jacobus Colius (1563-1628), or Ortelianus, as the nephew of the great geographer Ortelius, and his tract is worth resurrecting as an example of an early cryptographical text by a man who later in his life might serve as ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
New College
Role:
Translator, Author
Publication date:
2010-01-01
Language:
English
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Local pid:
ora:5008
Deposit date:
2011-02-18

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