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Paquier Joostens
1642 House of Elzevir - Pascasii Justi De Alea Libri Duo - Treatise on Gambling
Amsterdam: House of Elzevir, 1642. Pascasius Justus, De Alea Libri Duo, Pasquier Joostens (Pascasius Justus), L. Elzevir, Amsterdam, 1642, 213 pages with index, frontispiece, full leather with raised bands, 48mo. In good condition. Minor wear of binding. Minor areas of loss at corners and along hinges. Small segment of base of spine exposed. Slightly toned end papers. Somewhat soiled fore edge, with expected toning to text block. Unmarked. Binding tight and intact. An exquisite little book! Please see photos. A truly fascinating medical treatise on the dangers of gambling addictions. Elzevirien edition of this treatise by a Flemish doctor (born around 1530) on a gambling addiction considered from a medical point of view and no longer from a moral point of view as was done by his predecessors. He wrote that he was often unable to procure bread and wine on his journeys, but even the poorest villages had an abundance of cards! He noted that they were passionately fond of cards. Title frontispiece engraved by CV Dalen depicting three dice players seated under the gaze of a chastising maiden on her balcony, in the background of men fighting duels under an impending thunderstorm. A clever monkey plays with cards in the foreground. Amazing! House of Elzevir was a celebrated family of Dutch booksellers, publishers and printers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. They are very desired among bibliophiles. RAREE1642LTXA. [Attributes: First Edition]
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