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Joostens, Pâquier
Alea, sive de curanda ludendi in pecuniam cupiditate
Basileae: Ioannem Oporinum, 1561. First edition, 8vo, pp. 136, [15]; a-t4; woodcut initials; 20th-century mottled calf, red gilt lettering piece, marbled endpapers; very light wear to boards, bottom half of textblock quite dampstained, 17th- and 19th-century ownership inscriptions and rubberstamps to preliminaries; very good. An early treatise on gambling and games of chance by a Flemish doctor, whose work greatly influenced Jean Baptiste Thier's own Traité des jeux et des divertissements, qui peuvent être permis ou qui doivent être défendus aux chrestiens (Paris, 1686). An Elzevierian edition would be published in Amsterdam in 1642. Not in Adams, Brunet, BM-STC German, or Graesse; see Willems 988 for the Elzever edition.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [U.S.A.]

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