Genevae: Paulum Marceau, 1630. Second edn. 12mo, [xxiv], 523. Bound in contemporary calf, rubbed, spine dried, front blank loose, title within ornamental border. A good clean copy. This is a reprint, probably unauthorized of the Elzevir 1627 edition. With the preface. This was later reissued under the title; Arcana Politica. See Heltzel 282 (for a 1635 edition). OCLC lcates 4 copies (VVK, CLU, UIU, HMS). Item #40301
This is a tract on appropriate behavior of persons in the personal and political sphere, a courtesy book. Cardanus (September 24, 1501 - September 21, 1576) was a celebrated Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer and gambler. He was the first to describe typhoid fever, and today, he is best known for his achievements in algebra. He was notoriously short of money and kept himself solvent by being an accomplished gambler and chess player. He became professor of mathematics at Padua, and of medicine at Pavia and Bologna. He wrote over 100 treatises on physics, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, rhetoric, history, ethics, dialectics, natural history, music, and medicine. His Ars Magna (1545, Great Art) was influential in the development of algebra, giving the first published algebraic solution of cubic and quartic equations.