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Sale 2501 Lot 57
(CHESS.) Carrera, Pietro. Il Gioco de gli Scacchi. Woodcuts of chessboard on title and page 531; large woodcut arms of the dedicatee, Francesco Branciforte, Prince of Pietrapersia and Marquis of Militello, on title verso. 556 [i. e., 552],  pages. 4to, 198x142 mm, contemporary limp vellum with spine title in ink, few small holes in backstrip, patch of white ink or paint on front cover, ties lacking; contents clean apart from small stain in blank gutter of title and blank outer margin of last leaf, indistinct contemporary inscription in blank lower margin of title, few small holes in front endpapers. Militello: Giovanni de' Rossi, 1617
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000
first edition of one of the scarcest early Italian chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello, at the private press of Prince Francesco Branciforte. Linde, page 370; Fumagalli, Lexicon typographicum Italiae, pages 232-33.