From the celebrated chess library of Giacomo Boncompagni, duke of Sora (1548-1612)
Trattato. Dell’inventione et arte liberale del gioco di scacchi… Diuiso in Discorsi, Sbaratti, e Partiti
Naples, Giovanni Battista Sottile, 1604
A volume from the celebrated chess library of Giacomo Boncompagni, duke of Sora (1548-1612), the natural son of Pope Gregory xiii, described by H.J.R. Murray as “the Maecenas of Italian chess”. Many of the great players of the period, including Ruy Lopez, Giulio Cesare Polerio, Girolamo Cascio, and Gioachino Greco, were members of his Roman household, or received benefices from him. This first edition of Salvio’s treatise comprises thirty-one chapters with openings, eleven with games at odds, and twenty-one giochi di partiti, or problems, some being supplied from actual play. Italian players thereafter “were generally content to rely on Salvio for their openings, and made no attempt to advance the theory of play until the rise of the Modenese masters in 1750” (Murray).