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Vida, Marcus Hieronymus. Poemata omnia 1731.
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Current price : €160,00
Starting bid: €25,00
# of bids: 15
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Location: Sweden
Started: 2021-09-01 01:00:00
Ended: 2021-09-10 19:10:00
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Vida, Marcus Hieronymus. (Cremonensis Albae Episcopi) Poemata omnia 

quae ipse vivens agnoverat ... Editio omnium emendatissima curantibus Jo: Antonio, et Cajetano ... 2 vols. Patavii, Cominus, 1731.

2 repeated title vignettes and ornaments in text. XX, 436 pages, 1 leaf. XVI, 183; 178 pages, 2 leaves. Simple cardboards with text on spine. Van der Linde II, p. 262. L/N 4578. 

This edition also contains the famous chess poem "Scacchia Ludus" in Latin. (pp. 97 - 121) It is about chess, which was particularly popular in Italy at the beginning of the fifteenth century. It depicts a game of chess between Apollo and Mercury.

The chess poem was probably Vida's first poetic work. Nymphs are said to have told him the following story in his youth: Once the gods met Tellus at the wedding of Oceanus. After the feast, Oceanus brought a patterned board with 64 squares as well as 16 white and black pieces made of boxwood. He then describes the board present, the pieces, line-up, move and strike methods and the mate rule. Apollo (white) and Mercury (black) are designated as players, and the godfather Jupiter as arbiter. Vida staged the game as a battle between two armies. After an argument, the rule 'touched move' is said to have been established. Much has been written about this poem in literature.

Marco Girolamo Vida (born around 1490) was a young priest and came from Cremona. In addition to the chess poem, his most important poems of this time are a teaching poem about silkworms and the Ars Poetica. As a reward for his poetry and especially the chess poem, Vida received the Episcopate of Alba near Turin from Pope Clement VII, where he worked until his death in 1566.

Condition: Simple cardboards with text on spine. A few spots. The portrait is missing.

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