Memoria Technica

Richard Grey's Method of Artificial Memory


Richard Grey


W Lowndes, London, 1799
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Printing Details

Reprint, hardback bound in full leather. 18 × 10cm, 165pp + ads.

Full title: Memoria Technica: Or, Method of Artificial Memory, Applied to and Exemplified in Chronology, Geography, History and Astronomy, also Jewish, Grecian and Roman Coins, Weights, Measures etc, with Tables Proper to the Respective Sciences and Memorial Lines Adapted to Each Table.

First published in 1730, Grey's Memoria Technica or method of artificial memory consisted in changing the last syllable of names into letters which represented figures according to an arbitrary table, and in stringing together the new formations in lines with a hexameter beat. It therefore uses strings of letters to remember numbers.


The leather is in heavily worn shape with loss and creasing to the spine and rubbing to the boards. The contents are in good condition, a little age-toned but perfectly readable. There is a previous owner's gift inscription and a small segment cut out of the ffep.



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