Free Books on Mnemotechnics
While searching for new memory books to read, I came across a few interesting books on mnemotechnics through Google Books that are in the public domain. I haven’t read them yet, but here they are in PDF format. You may need to apply memory techniques just to remember the titles. To download them, right-click on the links and choose “save link as…”
Memoria Technica, [7 Mb] Or a New Methods of Artificial Memory, Applied to and Exemplified in Chronology History Geography Astronomy, Also Jewish, Grecian and Roman Coins, Weights, Measures, &c. With Tables Proper to Their Respective Sciences and Memorial Lines Adapted to Each Table by Richard Grey, D.D. (1799)
American Mnemotechny [11.5 Mb], Or the Art of Memory, Theoretical and Practical; on the Basis of the Most Recent Discoveries and Improvements in Europe and America: Comprising the Principles of the Art, As Applied to Ancient History, Sacred and Profane; Modern European, Asiatic and American History; Remarkable Battles, Treaties of Peace, Great Discoveries and Inventions, Biographies of Eminent Persons, Sovereigns of England and France, Presidents of the United States, Geographical Tables, Latitudes and Longitudes, Chemical and Astronomical Statistics, Sentiments of Flowers, Mythology, Prose, Poetry, Names, Etc., Etc., Etc. with a Mnemotechnics Dictionary by Pliny Miles (1848)
Modern Mnemotechny: [6 Mb] Or, How to Acquire a Good Memory; Comprising the Principles of the Art, and Its Application to the World’s Important Facts: Embracing History, Chronology, Geography, Biography of Eminent Persons, Presidents and Sovereigns, Remarkable Battles, Treaties of Peace, Population, Distances, Inventions, Improvements, Etc., Etc., of All Ages and Nations; Including All the Battles and Principal Events of the Late Civil War Also, the Local Facts and Rules for Arranging, Delivering, and Reporting Speeches, Sermons, Etc. with a Mnemotechnic Dictionary, Containing Most, of the Words in Common Use; Such As Will Be of Great Benefit to the Student and General Reader by A. S. Boyd (1886)
Modern Mnemotechny appears to be a paraphrased version of American Mnemotechny. I haven’t looked at them closely enough to see what the relationship between the books is.
EDIT: also check out Phreno Mnemotechny [40 Mb] written by Francis Fauvel-Gouraud in the 19th century.
EDIT: download some books by the “Major” of the Major System, Major Beniowski. It appears that Aimé Paris came up with the modern major system before the Major, but it is now know by the Major’s name.
- The Anti-Absurd or Phrenotypic English Pronouncing and Orthographical Dictionary
- A Handbook of Phrenotypics for Teachers and Students
EDIT: download Aimé Paris’ book from 1825 here, which apparently is the first publication of the major system in its modern form:
- Expositions et pratique des procédés de la mnemotechniques, à l’usage des personnes qui veulent étudier la mnémotechnie en général