Girolamo Cardano: (1550)

CARDANO Girolamo [Hieronymi] 1501-1576

De subtilitate Libri XXI

Published: Iohan Petreium [John Petreius], Norimbergae [Nuremberg].

Date: 1550

In fill contemporary calf, double ruled boxed tooling, gilt decorative corners, some marks, blind tooling to edges, some repairs to tips. New spine to style, raised bands, blind and gilt tooling, no title. Internally, contemp ink notes to fpd, lacking portrait and titlepage, begins Aii, with a small oval stamp at base, [32], [2], 371 pp, [1], numerous illustrations, printers devices, professional repair to 1 leaf in index, last 5 leafs with repair to edges, name and title to text block edge by hand, occasional underlining, some very light browning at page edges.

Osler 2238 later ed. Baudrier 173. Adams C668.

Gerolamo (or Girolamo, or Geronimo) Cardano (French: Jérôme Cardan; Latin: Hieronymus Cardanus) was an Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer and gambler.[1] He wrote more than 200 works on medicine, mathematics, physics, philosophy, religion, and music.[2] His gambling led him to formulate elementary rules in probability, making him one of the founders of the field. His popular fame was based largely on books dealing with scientific and philosophical questions, especially De subtilitate rerum (“The Subtlety of Things”), a collection of physical experiments and inventions, interspersed with anecdotes.


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