Does anyone know where to get an English translation of Congestorium artificiose memorie? It was published in Venice in 1533, and I’ve only found versions in Latin.
The book has many interesting illustrations, like this one:
(More can be found here.)
The number system looks like an association system:
1 is a narrow window.
2 looks like a teapot.
4 is a flower, maybe because of the similarity of the words?
5 is a hand – five fingers.
12 looks like a kind of hook.
There are some alphabet systems which appear to be based on shapes:
I wonder if this one describes the space within a memory palace location:
There is more information on this page:
Romberch's book has four chapters; an intro, a section on places, a section on images, and a section on encyclopedic knowing. The places and images have been transformed somewhat in their new context of the Renaissance. Imaginary places like the cosmos are as good as real ones like the abbey. Strangely, there is a rule associated with human places, that the proper size is that of the human body. The image, like the famous Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci, resonates with other aspects of Renaissance Humanism.
The last chapter is perhaps the most interesting transformation, however. Why, all of a sudden is the memory system associated with Encyclodpedic learning? Why remember “everything”?