532
532
Porta, Giovan Battista della (1535-1615)
DE FURTIVIS LITERARUM NOTIS VULGO. DE ZIFERIS LIBRI IIII. LONDON: JOHN WOLFE, 1591
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 2,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
532
Porta, Giovan Battista della (1535-1615)
DE FURTIVIS LITERARUM NOTIS VULGO. DE ZIFERIS LIBRI IIII. LONDON: JOHN WOLFE, 1591
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 2,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Porta, Giovan Battista della (1535-1615)
DE FURTIVIS LITERARUM NOTIS VULGO. DE ZIFERIS LIBRI IIII. LONDON: JOHN WOLFE, 1591
4to (193 x 140mm.), numerous woodcut diagrams, tables and cipher specimens, including three full-page woodcuts and a separate leaf of volvelles at end to accompany them, near contemporary vellum, modern spine label, minor spotting and dampstaining, vellum slightly soiled
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Provenance

bought from Graham Weiner, London, 1989

Literature

Tomash & Williams P101; ESTC S101179; STC 20118; Tomita 195

Catalogue Note

"This treatise ranks as one of the earliest and most important works on cryptography after Johann Trithemius’ Polygraphie. It was first published in Naples in 1563 as De furtivis leteratum [sic, i.e. literarum] notis. According to David Kahn .., the work was later pirated by the Englishman John Wolfe, who in 1591 issued two versions at the same time, one falsely imprinted as Naples, 1563, and the other correctly identified as London, 1591. Both issues were unauthorized and circumvented the rights of the author and the regulations of the Stationers’ Company" (Tomash & Williams).

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