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Politicizing the Game of Chess

Jacobus de Cessolis, Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium super ludo scacchorum. One continuous bifolium and one individual folio on vellum. Italy, ca. 1400: 250 mm x 179 mm (justification 172 mm x 124 mm). Double column, 29 lines. Decoration: one pierced three-line initial U in red on the bifolium; one three-line initial M on a single folio; else alternating red and blue pilcrows. Text: Ernst Köpke, “Jacobus de Cessolis,” Mittheilungen aus den Handschriften der Ritter-Akademie zu Brandenburg 59 (1879), i-vii and 1-36: 1. (bifolium) 11.26 assistere … 13.12 captivos (including part of the section beginning De rochis); 8.32 ipsum quo cinctus … 9.24 diuturna experien.. This is one of the most fascinating texts of the Middle Ages. The Dominican Jacobus used chess as a metaphor of human moral (and immoral) behavior. Our version of the treatise was clearly revised with intercalated with observations on ancient politicians by leading men of letters and philosophers, including Seneca

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