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The Resource Trattato del radio latino : istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini

Trattato del radio latino : istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini

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Trattato del radio latino : istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini
Title
Trattato del radio latino
Title remainder
istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini
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Summary
First edition of a treatise by Latino Orsini on the nature and uses of the "radio latino," a sighting instrument that he named and invented.
Cataloging source
UXG
Citation location within source
  • CNCE 37283
  • D-4
  • no. 59, figs. 82-84
  • 941
  • 110
  • volume I.1: 393/81, volume 1.2: 221
  • O-317
Citation source
  • EDIT 16
  • Tomash, E. Erwin Tomash Library on the history of computing
  • Bennett, J.A. Geometry of war 1500-1750
  • Cockle, M.J.D. Bibliography of English military books up to 1642 and of contemporary foreign works
  • Ayala, M. Bibliografia militare-Italiana antica e moderna
  • Riccardi, P. Biblioteca matematica italiana dalla origine della stampa ai primi anni del secolo XIX
  • Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
According to E. Tomash and M.R. Williams, in The Erwin Tomash Library on the history of computing, the "radio latino" was "a complex sighting instrument composed of five hinged pieces with sights on each of the hinges. The central support was engraved with scales...which would permit sighting of angles between objects." Practical and portable, it served travelers, astronomers, navigators, cartographers, artillerists, and civil and military architects through the end of the 17th century. Orsini was a career military man who fought at Parma (1549) and Cyprus (1570), fortified the port of Souda, and governed the island of Crete. He apparently confided publication of his richly illustrated text to Ignazio Danti, himself an instrument maker as well as the cosmographer to Cosimo I de' Medici and to Pope Gregory XIII. Danti added extensive commentary on Orsini's text and saw it through the press following the author's death
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Trattato del radio latino : istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini
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Note
  • Signatures: [dagger]4 A-I4
  • Woodcuts: small white pictorial initials; type ornament vignette on title page
  • Etchings: illustrated with 14 etched leaves depicting in detail the parts of the instrument, and numerous settings in which the "radio latino" can be used to measure angles and distances, such as measuring the length of a river, height of a tower (without a ladder), or depth of a chasm
  • The UCLA copy contains 13 additional plates: three are present in two entirely different versions, and ten are present in two different states. Each trial plate is pasted to the blank verso of its published version. Three of the alternates are oblong in orientation, while the published versions are upright. Another trial plate is a different cutting of the same image, and the remaining nine plate-pairs exhibit minor differences. The pairing of plates clearly reveals the artistic choices and technical decisions made in the production of this 16th-century scientific book.
  • Text printed in roman type; note to readers, and table of contents in italic type
  • The note to readers, "A' lettori," by the Dominican Frate Ignazio Danti da Perugia, is dated August 26, 1583 in the Palazzo di Nostro Signore in Rome
  • Note on page 72 instructing binder where to place the 14 etched plates
  • Errata: page [7]
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm (4to)
Extent
[8], 72 pages, [14] leaves of plates
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: bound in contemporary limp vellum (recased); early manuscript spine title; faded manuscript calculations on front cover; "Radio Latino" lettered on lower edges; sewing holes along fore-edges of covers suggest earlier presence of two pairs of leather ties. Ownership inscription on title page of Fr Joseph de Bononia, possibly the Dominican who participated in the provincial synod held in Beneveneto (Italy) in April 1693. Purchase, Bruce McKittrick, 2017.
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illustrations (etchings)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)173226700
  • ucoclc173226700
Label
Trattato del radio latino : istrumento giustissimo & facile piu d'ogna'altro per prendere qual si voglia misura, & positione di luogo tanto in cielo, come in terra : il quale oltre alle operationi proprie sue fa anco tutte quelle della gran regola di C. Tolomeo, & dell'antico radio astronomico : inuentato dall'illmo. et eccellmo. signor Latino Orsini
Publication
Note
  • Signatures: [dagger]4 A-I4
  • Woodcuts: small white pictorial initials; type ornament vignette on title page
  • Etchings: illustrated with 14 etched leaves depicting in detail the parts of the instrument, and numerous settings in which the "radio latino" can be used to measure angles and distances, such as measuring the length of a river, height of a tower (without a ladder), or depth of a chasm
  • The UCLA copy contains 13 additional plates: three are present in two entirely different versions, and ten are present in two different states. Each trial plate is pasted to the blank verso of its published version. Three of the alternates are oblong in orientation, while the published versions are upright. Another trial plate is a different cutting of the same image, and the remaining nine plate-pairs exhibit minor differences. The pairing of plates clearly reveals the artistic choices and technical decisions made in the production of this 16th-century scientific book.
  • Text printed in roman type; note to readers, and table of contents in italic type
  • The note to readers, "A' lettori," by the Dominican Frate Ignazio Danti da Perugia, is dated August 26, 1583 in the Palazzo di Nostro Signore in Rome
  • Note on page 72 instructing binder where to place the 14 etched plates
  • Errata: page [7]
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm (4to)
Extent
[8], 72 pages, [14] leaves of plates
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: bound in contemporary limp vellum (recased); early manuscript spine title; faded manuscript calculations on front cover; "Radio Latino" lettered on lower edges; sewing holes along fore-edges of covers suggest earlier presence of two pairs of leather ties. Ownership inscription on title page of Fr Joseph de Bononia, possibly the Dominican who participated in the provincial synod held in Beneveneto (Italy) in April 1693. Purchase, Bruce McKittrick, 2017.
Other physical details
illustrations (etchings)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)173226700
  • ucoclc173226700

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