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":

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#1 De Ludo Scachorum (Circulating Stacks Edition)

Sansepolcro: Aboca Museum, 2007

  • Commentary (Italian) by D'Elia, Diego; Contin, Duilio; Bartoli Langeli, Attilio; Mattesini, Enzo; Sanvito, Alessandro
  • Limited Edition: not limited
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, De Ludo Scachorum: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.
Facsimile on special laid paper, presented in an elegant protective case together with commentary volume.
 

Binding

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, Diego; Contin, Duilio; Bartoli Langeli, Attilio; Mattesini, Enzo; Sanvito, Alessandro
  • Limited Edition: 999 numbered copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, De Ludo Scachorum: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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 15th century characters. The pages of the facsimile have been folded and cut by hand. The edges of the pages have been treated with colored methylcellulose. The pages are hand-sewn using a full stitch on two cords using hemp with cotton thread. In addition to the facsimile, the slipcase presents the associated critical essay that completes the work and makes it easily understandable. 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 accompanied by a guarantee certificate.

Binding

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

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