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CARDANUS. De Subtilitate Libri XXI.

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CARDANUS. De Subtilitate Libri XXI.
 
CARDANUS, Hieronymous. De Subtilitate Libri XXI.
Lugduni, Apud Guglielmum Rovillium 1559.
 
8vo; 171x110 mm. Leg. m. pelle e cartonato marmorizzato, tit. in oro su tass. e fregi in oro al dorso, angoli, risg. marmorizz.; pp. 718, incl. Front., 2b, 54 nn. [index]; Marca al front., Iniz ornate, numerose illustrazioni in xilografia nel testo. Alcuni interventi censorii di mano antica, buon esemplare.
 
Rara e importante edizione figurata. L’opera, di carattere filosofico e scientifico, ebbe molta fortuna. Cardano descrive e illustra una gran quantità di esperimenti fisici e di invenzioni, ma anche curiosità e prodigi. In apertura del capitolo 18 cita i prodigi di un prestigiatore spagnolo: tra le magie di costui compare, tra l'altro, il libro magico in grado di mostrare, se sfogliato opportunamente, figure sempre diverse. Curtis: “Essentially an encyclopedia, in De Subtilitate one can find some article on almost every subject, including substantial sections on technology, medicine, chemistry, mathematics, various branches of the occult, mineralogy, gemology, hydrodynamics, geology, electricity, etc, and descriptions of numerous experiments and apparatus, including the pumps and the screw of Archimedes and a system of Braille writing for the blind. It is thought by some to be based on the manuscript notes of Leonardo Da Vinci; however, it is more probably the sole work of Cardano's penetrating but erratic genius. The text also incorporates many woodcut illustrations which add considerably to the descriptions.”
Adams A672; Galland, Cryptography, 34; Wheeler Gift 37; Riccardi I, 252.
wed 19 May 2021
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