Milan, G.P. Malatesta 1700.
4to. [iix], 87, p. and FOLDING LETTERPRESS TABLE (339 x 217 mm.). Woodcut crown on the title.
Flush cut in contemporary marbled paper over stiff paper boards, blue paper label at the top of the long-stitched spine (worn).
STAMPA, Giuseppe Maria. 1666-1734.
Organvm Academicvm Sive Corporis Proceritate Ac Parvitate Contentio. Milan, A. Ramellati 1699. 4to. [iix], 51p.
Ad I: The folding table and thirty-page treatise explore the application of arithmetical progressions to combinations for success at the “Genoese Lottery”, the prototype of all modern lotteries. It arose in the 17th century from the inhabitants’ custom of betting on the names of city councilors, that were elected every six months from a group of eligible candidates. The substitution of numbers — 1, 2, 3, ¼ and 90 — for names on the balls drawn from a drum enabled gambling of this type throughout the year. The remainder of the book has some one hundred poems, mostly in Italian, on gambling, gymnastics, backgammon, cards, dice, mora and especially the lottery. Three poems are cast as dialogs and were to be recited to musical accompaniment.
¶Riccardi, Biblioteca matematica italiana I(2): 475 “Raro”.
Ad II: Stampa’s first published work, this mix of spirited serio-comic Latin and Italian pieces includes six verse fables, a host of epigrams and some comically learned prose orations, all apparently presented to members of his Milanese literary academy. He later was called to Rome, became the administrator of his religious order and edited historical texts, including Sigonio. Minor blank marginal stain to the final leaf, contemporary signature of abbot Pietro Rovereto on the title, early manuscript shelving note on the final verso.
¶Riccardi I(2): 475.