Gorizia, Archivio Coronini Cronberg, ms. 7955

De Ludo Scachorum Facsimile Edition

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Luca Pacioli was a Renaissance mathematician and economist from Sansepolcro.  

Written around 1500, and impossible to find for five centuries, the treatise "De Ludo Scachorum" was recently uncovered at the State Archive of Gorizia.

A portrait of the strategies of Middle Ages

Pacioli wrote the treatise in the vernacular during the period of his artistic and scientific collaboration with Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Mantua and Venice. As Pacioli himself states, it is a "iocondo et alegro tractato" useful  as a “schifanoia” (to steer clear of boredom); today it is also an example of mathematical and logical strategies of that time. The manuscript has aroused great interest because it contains “decisions” made in the medieval manner and others in accordance with the new  a la rabiosa technique, introduced at the end of the sixteenth century.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "De Ludo Scachorum":

#1 De Ludo Scachorum (Circulating Stacks Edition)

Sansepolcro: Aboca Museum, 2007

  • Commentary (Italian) by D'Elia, D.; Contin, D.; Bartoli Langeli, A.; Mattesini, E.; Sanvito, A.
  • Limited Edition: not limited
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).
In addition to the numbered, certified limited edition, the Aboca Museum presents its facsimile De Ludo Scachorum, made of artificial leather, this enabling the public to own their own copy of this wonderful work. The facsimile measures 12 x 16 cm., and was made using special laid paper. This copy of the original is presented in an elegant protective case (the case include the notes to the original).

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Cover is in artificial leather, embossed so as to resemble the original.

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#2 De Ludo Scachorum (Special Collection Edition)

Sansepolcro: Aboca Museum, 2007

  • Commentary (Italian) by D'Elia, D.; Contin, D.; Bartoli Langeli, A.; Mattesini, E.; Sanvito, A.
  • Limited Edition: 999 numbered copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

The facsimile is presented in a special box made from a single block of mature oak. The box has been made by hand and each is immersed in a mixture of incense, myrrh, mastic, and biological alcohol in order to preserve it and ensure it does not alter with time. The spine of the box is printed with fifteenth-century characters. The pages of the facsimile have been folded and cut by hand. The edges of the pages have been treated with coloured methylcellulose. The pages are hand-sewn using a full stitch on two cords using hemp with cotton thread. In addition to the facsimile, the valuable slipcase presents the associated critical essay that completes the work and make it easy to understand. The slipcase, with elegant hotfoil stamping, has a window to the front flat, which makes it possible to immediately admire the beauty of the facsimile. Each piece is numbered and is accompanied by a guarantee certificate.

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Hand-coloured goatskin and the friezes are blind-stamped with a magnesium plate

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