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How to Develop A Perfect Memory by Dominic O’Brien

Dominic O'BrienDominic O’Brien is the eight times winner of the The World Memory Championships and has a number of entries in the Guinness Book of Records including the memorisation of 54 packs of shuffled cards after just a single-sighting of each card. How does he do it? What is his system and how can it help YOU remember names, faces, telephone numbers, pass exams, learn languages, win at Trivial Pursuit and clean up at the Blackjack table? How to Develop a Perfect Memory will show you in simple language and easy stages.

We have an exclusive on this ebook from Dominic O’Brien. The book is long out of print. You can find second hand copies being sold in the $100 to $400 range. It is considered one of the best books on memory ever written. Everyone should have read this one. It is enlightening.

first edition, 1993 by Pavilion Books Limited; 174 pages.

On the Composition of Images, Signs and Ideas by Giordano Bruno, Charles Doria (Translator)


Giordano Bruno(I have yet to find it for sale online, but I did find it for free online in a few places and so I am linking to a pdf copy of this book.  Click on the image for the pdf.)

Library Journal Review

Some 400 years since his death, the Renaissance philosopher Bruno still excites interest. Thus, this modern translation of his De Imaginum Signorum et Idearum Compositione , first published in 1591, is valuable to a wide range of scholars. De Imaginum defies easy classification, combining poetry, astrology, philosophy, mythology, and science. Meditating on the nature of reality and the limits of human knowledge, Bruno anticipates modern semiology, exploring the creation and meaning of signs and images. While the editor and translator are more interested in Renaissance arcana than the history of philosophy, they have included thorough notes as well as a helpful introduction. For special collections.– T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.

The Art of Memory by Frances A. Yates

Frances A. Yates Overview

One of Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century

In this classic study of how people learned to retain vast stores of knowledge before the invention of the printed page, Frances A. Yates traces the art of memory from its treatment by Greek orators, through its Gothic transformations in the Middle Ages, to the occult forms it took in the Renaissance, and finally to its use in the seventeenth century. This book, the first to relate the art of memory to the history of culture as a whole, was revolutionary when it first appeared and continues to mesmerize readers with its lucid and revelatory insights.

Giordano Bruno & the Hermetic Tradition by Frances A. Yates (for historical purposes)


Frances A. YatesSynopsis

Emphasizing the primary importance of Hermetism in Renaissance thought, Yates demonstrates that Bruno was at once a rational philospher and a magician – burned at the stake – with an unorthodox religious message. Her acclaimed study gives an overview not only of Renaissance humanism but of its interplay – and conflict – with magic and occult practices.


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