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1499 __ Stanographia Trithemiana
Johannes Trithemius (or Johann von Tritheim or Trittenheim ; Jean Trithème) (1462-1516)
Comment : Trithemius' most famous work is Steganographia (written c.1499; published Frankfurt, 1606, placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609, removed in 1900). This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic - specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. Since the publication of the decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned with cryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertexts for yet more cryptography content. The work has lent its name to the modern field of steganography. (Compiled from various sources)
French comment : Un moine appelé Trithème fit paroître vers la fin du quinzièmen siècle, un sytème qu’il appela “Stanographia Trithemiana” : l’objet de cette invention est d’envoyer, par le moye ndu feu, des avis à quelque distance que ce soit ; mais ce moyen n’est jamais parvenu à la connoissance du public. In en trouve cependant quelques notions dans le “Trithemii Epist. ad Arnoldboslium”, insérées dans “Scholli Thaumarturgus Physicus”, et dans “Vallius, Disput. de arte Trithemiana scribendi per ignem” ; mais ces notions sont si confuses, qu’elles ne méritent aucune attention. (Ignace U.J. Chappe, p. 34)
Source : Trithemius, Johannius (1499), "Steganographia... nunc tandem vindicata, reserata et illustrata, ubi post vindicias Trithemii clarissime explicantur conjurationes spirituum ex Arabicis, Hebraicis, Chaldaicis et Graecis nominibus juxta quosdam conglobatae", [1676]; and also : "The Stenographia of Johannes Trithemius", ed. by Adam McLean, Edinburgh, Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 1982.
Source : Chappe, Ignace Urbain J. (1824), "Histoire de la Télégraphie", Paris : chez l'auteur.

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