Item #02757 Discorso…sopra li andamenti del Principe de Turchi all’Ill.mo sig.r Giacomo Buoncomp[ag]ni Gov[ernato]re G[e]n[era]le di tutta la militia di S[ua] S[anti]tà. Girolamo CARDANO.
THE POLYMATH’S ADVICE

Discorso…sopra li andamenti del Principe de Turchi all’Ill.mo sig.r Giacomo Buoncomp[ag]ni Gov[ernato]re G[e]n[era]le di tutta la militia di S[ua] S[anti]tà.

[Rome], c. 1573.

Small Folio (263 x 195 mm.). Old foliation: 241-261, [1 blank] leaves. In a single large cursive hand.

Recent black silk over boards, red edges.

UNPUBLISHED TREATISE BY THE MATHEMATICIAN, PHYSICIAN, CHEMIST, ASTRONOMER, PHILOSOPHER AND GAMBLER.
            Protected from the Inquisition by Gregory XIII, Cardano offered this essay to the pope’s illegitimate son, Giacomo Buoncompagni (1548-1612), entrusted with defending the important papal port of Ancona against Ottoman aggression in the spring of 1573.
            Cardano frames the conflict between the Turks and the Christian West and weighs current events, like England’s rejection of any Catholic alliance and the struggle over Tunisia, before turning to specifics — Ancona’s maritime fortifications, proper artillery placement, portable firearms, types of armor, anti-incendiaries and wood (for fences, boats, carriages, food preparation and fires against the plague). Lastly, he takes up provisions like wheat, rye, oats, chestnuts, lard, cheese, vinegar, garlic (“better than Turkish butter”, tr.) and onions (to combat food spoilage, purify water and eat).
            Unknown to Cardano bibliographers, the Discourse stands out for being in the vernacular. The watermark is like Mošin’s Anchor Watermarks 430-1 (Fabriano 1569). A second copy has come to light (Ransom Center MS-03401, Ph 12827.19; also ex Phillipps); our thanks to Dr. Aaron Pratt. In good condition, once in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.
Iter Italicum V: 358; Kraus, List 203 Part One: Italian Manuscripts (1983) 66 (“ex Phillipps ms. State Papers, vol. 221”).

Item #02757

Price: $12,500.00

Status: On Hold

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