... said to be the oldest edition of many which followed ("Insgesamt sind 50 weitere Auflagen in italienischer, französischer, spanischer, flämischer und englischer Sprache bis einschließlich 1698 bekannt."
http://www.ulm.de/sixcms/media.php/29/L ... a_1482.pdf
includes many woodcuts
2. German Serapeum report of the year 1850, in which the author Sotzmann notes, that he heard of an earlier edition of the year 1473 in Vicenza. Additionally a description of a later edition.
http://books.google.com/books?id=BDdZAA ... q=&f=false
3. Some pictures in the web of various editions:
Wheel (1501) - shows an interesting wheel - hanging man variation:
http://www.fulltable.com/vts/f/for/65.jpg ... full picture
Colored version of the kings (16th century):
Faksimile edition presented with various colored pictures
http://grandiopere.fcp.it/facsimili/il- ... ltieri/it/
4. Structure of "Libro del Sorte": based on the number 20 and 56 (dice number)
- according Sotzmann in his later edition, there are small variations to the earliest edition, as I assume on a not very careful research, at least I don't find Turnis not in the list.
??? the names S. Louis, Ladislaus and Robert somehow point to Naples ??? The whole (1st edition) is printed in Perugia and Spirito fought earlier for Piccinino ... the printer are Germans
I started to become interested ... the reader is fooled by the test. I didn't understand all, but there are some jokes in it.
I can't say, which version Sotzmann saw, but it was already changed. And I'm not sure, if the 1482 edition is the original ... but at least in some parts it's "original", even if modified from an earlier edition. The author signed it in his own ways.
This is the start initial ... we discover a bird, probably indicating a matter of love.
... and then comes the impressum after some opening text ...
The follows the page with the wheel graphic (already linked above)
Then follow on the next pages 20 Kings and they're arranged in pairs and often it's recognizable, why they are pairs. Possibly the author wished, that they should be seen as groups of 4, but I'm not sure about it.
Each pair has a picture, for instance David-Salomo, the first:
As group of 4 they look this way:
Well, that are 10 pairs, and the year is 1482 and the Boiardo Tarocchi poem with 22 special cards (probably 1487) isn't written and the Sola-Busca Tarocchi with 22 special cards (1491) doesn't exist, and both Trionfi card products use 10 pairs as trump, connecting 1-2, 3-4 etc. ... as Spirito did in his oracle book. That's almost the same structure. But Spirito in the contrary to Boiardo and Sola-Busca doesn't show a sign, that he in some way used the 22 by an including pair 0-21, he used the number 20.
Probably he wasn't informed, that in Bologna a mass-production of Trionfi card production was already running since 1439 or so ... nobody had told him, otherwise ...
So: no confirmation, that a 22 + 56-structure existed, but a confirmation, that a 20 + 56 - structure existed, at least in 1482 (perhaps even a little earlier).
20 Kings and each king is ascribed to a specific sign. "Re David ... Va al segno de la luna" "King David ... go to the sign of the moon"
At the sign of the Moon,. which has a full page .... but first one may note, that the editor spares woodcuts ... there are 20 kings, but only 5 different kings. Later he shows similar behavior with the prophets. So the art went with the practice. The handpainted editions are gone ... mass production arrived, cheap editions.
I've made a list - connections between Kings and "related segno"
Davit / Luna - Salamone / Sole ... GOOD PAIR
Turne / Scorpione - Jubba / Stella (Error: Stella before Scorpio)
Priamo / Grifone - Agamenonne / Core ... GOOD PAIR
Artu / Alicorno - Carlo / Diamante (Alicorno = unicorn) ... GOOD PAIR
Josue / Pesscie - Egisto / Boue (Pesscie = fish ; Buve = bull, ox)
Tolomeo / Cancer - Ruberto / Serena (Serena = sirene =woman with two fish-tails as legs)
Alixandro / Cervio - Latino / Dragone (Cervio = stag) ... GOOD PAIR
Nino / Lione - Farone / Cavallo ... GOOD PAIR
Ladislao / Lane (Cane) - Porsenna / Porcho (Cane = dog ; Porcho = swine)
Flumma / Gallo - Desiderio / Vergene (Gallo = cock ; virgin with unicorn)
... I'll proceed next time