A new method of cryptography : humbly presented to the most serene Majesty of Charles the II / by Samuel Morland, knight and baronet, and one of the gentlemen of his Majestie's privy chamber in ordinary. 1666.
- [London] : [s.n.], 
- Physical Description:
- 12 p. : ill. ; 36 cm.
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Imprint from Wing.
Privately printed; probably executed for the King and a small circle of high government officials, several of whom were much interested in cryptography, e.g. Samuel Pepys, the Earl of Clarendon, the Earl of Sandwich, the Earl of Arlington, and Sir George Downing.
Ruled in red.
Diagrams colored in pink and green, and in one instance, yellow.
Wing (2nd ed.), M-2781A
ESTC (RLIN), R231122
BAC: British Art Center copy is possibly the dedication copy to Charles II.
Morland here declares his system to be peculiarly simple to operate, yet to be proof against decipherment by anyone not possessing the key. He complicates his method by the introduction of "nulls." On pages 11-12, he describes a revolving crypto-machine, apparently of his invention. A key to the diagrams on page 12 is headed "Scriptio Cryptographia." It has been cancelled by pasting over it a different key headed "Scriptio Sterganographia."
- Subject Terms:
- Ciphers -- Early works to 1800.Cryptography -- Early works to 1800.
- Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1666.
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