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    Cardano's Rare Liber de Libris Propriis

    Girolamo (Jerome, or Hieronymus) Cardano. Liber de libris propriis. Lyon (Lugduni): Guillaume Rouille, 1557. First edition of the second version of Cardano's bio-bibliography, about seven times as voluminous as the first imprint of 1544. Small octavo. a-M8. 192 pages. Together with De propria Vita', the most important biographical source on Cardano. Bound to style in modern full limp vellum binding with title and date in ink on spine, new endleaves. Old owner's signature on title-page. Damp stains to outer corners, some browning. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Cardano compiled 190 titles which he had already published or which were ready for being published, explains his motivation for writing and reports on the reception of his books. Together with De propria Vita', the most important biographical source on Cardano.

    "The three discursive versions of the De libris propriis which he published were innovation, coming as they did from the pen of a parochial Milanese who used the printing press to turn himself into a European figure" (I. Mclean. Interpreting the De libris propriis. In: Baldi & Canziani. Girolamo Cardano... 1999. S. 33).

    Adams C:686. Wellcome 1301. Besterman 701. Osleriana 4654. Index Aureliensis VI: 516. Not in Baudrier.



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    August, 2015
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