Bologna , Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna , Ms. A manuscript drafted by the Renaissance mathematician and economist, Luca Pacioli, written in the vernacular, probably towards the end of the fifteenth century. This work, which begins with a learned description of algebraic and geometric principles complete with 98 illustrations, continues by offering an enjoyable series of mathematical and topological pastimes, card games and riddles which have lost none of their original, thoroughly enjoyable character, as they totally absorb the reader in the engaging pursuit of answers and solutions. Sansepolcro: Aboca Museum ,
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An engaging sequence of logical pastimes, games with numbers and cards, riddles and secrets. Illustrated with 98 drawings, the work is dedicated to numbers. It covers their presence in daily life, the unenforceable and marvellous series of enigmas that they are able to generate.
From the notes by Furio Honsell: "From this extraordinary observation point they offer us mysteries in general and especially those written by Pacioli! On the society of the time, its taste, its habits, its perception of what is problematic, on what is risque.
The enigmatic mysteries tell us about textile professions, farmers, merchants, dietary and gastronomic customs, daily practices from going to get water from the well to combing out lice. An existence that is at times crude for us, such as the description of relations between men and women, yet absolutely authentic.
This characteristic is true also for all the riddles. It almost seems to be paradoxical, but it is the riddles, apparently marginal, pointless and gratuitous that truly form an ethnographic treasure. They are a type of diffuse, almost popular knowledge.
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Introduction by Biancastella Antonino. The volume, with full page text and titles of the chapters in red, had belonged to Giovanni Giacomo Amadei, , Canon of Sanata Maria Maggiore and refined bibliophile. Shortly before Amadei died he sold the manuscripts he had collected to the Biblioteca delle Scienze, which then became the University's.
For this ms. Cover: Cartonata rigida rivestita in tela. Language: Libretto di presentazione: italiana, inglese. Luxury Editions De viribus quantitatis - Luca Pacioli. De viribus quantitatis - Luca Pacioli. Add to cart. Description Details Video. Notes Introduction by Biancastella Antonino. Year of publication: Size: 19,5 x 27 x 10 cm Package: Brossura legata Cover: Cartonata rigida rivestita in tela Pages: Illustrations: 98 disegni Language: Volgare Language: Commentario: Italiano Language: Libretto di presentazione: italiana, inglese.
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We are very pleased to offer a few copies of a very elegant publication of De viribus quantitatis for sale on our website. This important treatise represents what could be the first book largely devoted to magic and one of the very first places to describe card tricks, as well as numerous other principles. This also represents the first time the book has been published! Dating from the s, it was written by Fra. This edition features three books in a slip case and everything is a marvel to behold. There is a facsimile of the original manuscript in old Italian, an analysis in modern Italian, and a summary and commentary in English. The books are beautiful, and there was definitely no expense spared in this sumptuous reprint.
De viribus quantitatis
After lying almost untouched in the vaults of an Italian university for years, a book on the magic arts written by Leonardo da Vinci's best friend and teacher has been translated into English for the first time. It was written in Italian by Pacioli between and and contains the first ever reference to card tricks as well as guidance on how to juggle, eat fire and make coins dance. It is also the first work to note that Da Vinci was left-handed. Although the book has been described as the "foundation of modern magic and numerical puzzles", it was never published and has languished in the archives of the University of Bologna, seen only by a small number of scholars since the Middle Ages. The transcription has taken eight years, involved several translators and cost thousands of pounds.
An engaging sequence of logical pastimes, games with numbers and cards, riddles and secrets. Illustrated with 98 drawings, the work is dedicated to numbers. It covers their presence in daily life, the unenforceable and marvellous series of enigmas that they are able to generate. From the notes by Furio Honsell: "From this extraordinary observation point they offer us mysteries in general and especially those written by Pacioli!