Luca Pacioli was a Renaissance mathematician and economist from Sansepolcro, central Italy. 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 the 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 "On the Game of Chess by Luca Pacioli":
- De Ludo Scachorum (Circulating Stacks Edition) facsimile edition published by Aboca Museum, 2007
- De Ludo Scachorum (Special Collection Edition) facsimile edition published by Aboca Museum, 2007