652
652
Tagliente, Giovanni Antonio, and Girolamo
LIBRO DABACO CHE INSEGNA A FARE OGNI RAGIONE MERCADANTILE: & A PERTEGARE LE TERRE CON LARTE DI LA GEOMETRIA: & ALTRE NOBILISSIME RAGIONE STRAODINARIE CO(M) LA TARIFFA COME RESPONDENO LI PESI & MONEDE DE MOLTE TERRE DEL MONDO CO(N) LA INCLITA CITTA DI VINEGIA. EL QUAL LIBRO SE CHIAMA THESAURO UNIVERSALE: DILIGENTEMENTE REVISTO & CORRETTO. VENICE: LUIGI TORTI, 1535
Estimate
6,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
652
Tagliente, Giovanni Antonio, and Girolamo
LIBRO DABACO CHE INSEGNA A FARE OGNI RAGIONE MERCADANTILE: & A PERTEGARE LE TERRE CON LARTE DI LA GEOMETRIA: & ALTRE NOBILISSIME RAGIONE STRAODINARIE CO(M) LA TARIFFA COME RESPONDENO LI PESI & MONEDE DE MOLTE TERRE DEL MONDO CO(N) LA INCLITA CITTA DI VINEGIA. EL QUAL LIBRO SE CHIAMA THESAURO UNIVERSALE: DILIGENTEMENTE REVISTO & CORRETTO. VENICE: LUIGI TORTI, 1535
Estimate
6,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Tagliente, Giovanni Antonio, and Girolamo
LIBRO DABACO CHE INSEGNA A FARE OGNI RAGIONE MERCADANTILE: & A PERTEGARE LE TERRE CON LARTE DI LA GEOMETRIA: & ALTRE NOBILISSIME RAGIONE STRAODINARIE CO(M) LA TARIFFA COME RESPONDENO LI PESI & MONEDE DE MOLTE TERRE DEL MONDO CO(N) LA INCLITA CITTA DI VINEGIA. EL QUAL LIBRO SE CHIAMA THESAURO UNIVERSALE: DILIGENTEMENTE REVISTO & CORRETTO. VENICE: LUIGI TORTI, 1535
8vo (145 x 95mm.), A-K8, title printed in red and black within woodcut border, woodcut illustrations, diagrams, borders, tailpieces, etc. throughout, colophon leaf at end, old vellum (a remboitage), modern folding green morocco-backed box, last few leaves repaired in upper outer corner affecting a few letters, occasional slight soiling, new endpapers and stitching
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Provenance

bought from Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco, Turin, 1995

Literature

Tomash & Williams T3; Baldassare Boncompagni, "Intorno ad un trattato d’arithmetica stampato nel 1478" in Atti dell’ Accademia Pontificia de’ Nuovi Lincei 16 (1862-1863), pp.354-355; not in Hoock & Jeannin; not traced in Edit16, ICCU or USTC

Catalogue Note

This curiously illustrated early Italian mercantile arithmetic went through many editions during the sixteenth century, commencing with the first in c.1515, and "there are few textbooks so influential as this in shaping the subsequent teaching of arithmetic" (Smith). This edition is seemingly unrecorded.

The finger reckoning method of Bede is shown, but despite its title the author entirely omits the abacus and counters but covers the new methods of "algorism" (Hindu/Arabic arithmetic). It gives the relative values of most European currencies and also the liquid contents of wine casks of different wine-producing lands.

This edition, "Stampata in Vineggia per Aluise Torti Nel MDXXXV Del Mese De Zenaro", is recorded only by Boncompagni, who provides a reproduction of f.55 verso. His citation is repeated by Essling, p.304 (footnote), and by Van Egmond p.338 ("no copy identified", citing Boncompagni and Essling). The printer Luigi Torti was active at Venice from 1533 to 1547. Van Egmond records another edition as “[Alvise Torti]”, on the authority of Sander 7159; however, it too is unknown to the editors of Edit16.

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