Girolamo Bargagli. Dialogo De' Giuochi Che Nelle Vegghie Sanesi Si Usano Di Fare. Del Materiale Intronato. Venice: Alessandro Gardane, 1581. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. 8vo. A-S8. [1]-288p. Modern paper covered boards, some minor dampstains and worming, foxing and light browning, pen trials on verso of last leaf. Printer's mark on t.p., decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Giralamo Bargagli, 1537-1586, Sienese author who was a member of the 'Accademia degli Intronati' one of the first literary and cultural clubs that were formed in Italy. His play "La pellegrina" was produced in 1589 as part of the very prestigious Florentine wedding festivities.

    The Sienese evenings 'veglie senesi' were a renowned part of the Intronati ativities "in which cultured word-games were a focus for interchange between men and women. Girolamo Bargagli's dialogue about games, Dialogo de giuochi, and his brother Scipione Bargagli's Traittentimenti, were attempts to set some of these down for posterity." [OCIL]

    These games called for wit, verbal skill, and variety of response.

    "Girolamo Bargagli wrote in 1572 in Dialogo da Giuochi, a brief passage I saw the game of tarocchi [tarot] played, and each participant was given the name from a card, and the reasons were stated aloud why each participant had been attributed to such a tarocchi card." EDIT 16  CNCE 4198. Index Aurel. 113.022. Zollinger, Spielbucher, 390. Brunet II, 666 "Ouvrage singulier". Graesse, II, 376. Not in Adams, BM STC (ital.), or Marshall.

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