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Boissière, Claude de
NOBILISSIMUS ET ANTIQUISSIMUS LUDUS PYTHAGOREUS (QUI RYTHMOMACHIA NOMINATUR) IN UTILITATEM & RELAXATIONEM STUDIOSORUM COMPARATUS. PARIS: [BENOÎT PRÉVOST] FOR GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE WITH JEAN GENTIL, 1556
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 3,250 GBP
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77
Boissière, Claude de
NOBILISSIMUS ET ANTIQUISSIMUS LUDUS PYTHAGOREUS (QUI RYTHMOMACHIA NOMINATUR) IN UTILITATEM & RELAXATIONEM STUDIOSORUM COMPARATUS. PARIS: [BENOÎT PRÉVOST] FOR GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE WITH JEAN GENTIL, 1556
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 3,250 GBP
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Boissière, Claude de
NOBILISSIMUS ET ANTIQUISSIMUS LUDUS PYTHAGOREUS (QUI RYTHMOMACHIA NOMINATUR) IN UTILITATEM & RELAXATIONEM STUDIOSORUM COMPARATUS. PARIS: [BENOÎT PRÉVOST] FOR GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE WITH JEAN GENTIL, 1556
8vo (170 x 110mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut illustrations, contemporary blind-tooled calf, vellum endleaves, modern cloth folding box, title-page repaired in gutter, binding slightly rubbed, joints repaired
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Provenance

M.B., initials on title-page; paper library label on inside front cover (institution's name erased); Jesuits of Bruges, inscription at head of title-page; bought from Antiquariat Konrad Meuschel, Bad Honnef am Rhein, 1998

Literature

Tomash & Williams B192; IA 121.354; Renouard, Cavellat 92; USTC 152123; Van der Linde 350

Catalogue Note

A manual for the board game of battling numbers known as rithmomachia, ludus philosophorum, or philosopher's game. The author, a mathematician and teacher at the Collège Royal in Paris, suggests that Pythagoras and his followers may have been its inventors. The work had been first printed in French in 1554 (and "nouvellement amplifié" in 1556). On the title-page, the bookseller Cavellat directs the reader to a vendor of boards and playing-pieces (“Abacus & calculi vaeneunt in Palatio, apud Ioannem Gentil”).

Boissière's version was first published in French in 1554 (USTC 81035). For Barozzi's Italian version from 1572, see lot 42.

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