Francesco Piscina Discorso 1565

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Discourse of M. Fran. Piscina from Carmagnola about the order of the figures of Tarot.

Discorso dil s. Fran. Piscina da Carmagnola sopra l'ordine delle figure de Tarocchi.


This booklet was discovered in the Library of Borgomanero (Italy) by Franco Pratesi, who gave news in The Playing Card, XVI, II, 1987. Some years after, Berti, Giordano discovered another copy of the Discourse in a private collection and made a facsimile edition, published in 1995 by the Istituto Graf of Bologna for the City of Carmagnola. On this reissue is based the translation made by Ross G. Caldwell.

The Discourse is divided in only two sections: the dedication and the body of the text. In order to make easier reading and editing, the text has been organized in different pages. Currently, only the English translation is provided. Hopefully, in the future the original Italian text will also be added. Numbers in square brackets correspond to the beginning of the corresponding pages in the printed book.

This translation has been written following a suggestion by Ross G. Caldwell. It has been revised by Ross, who has corrected the grossest errors.

Piscina Discorso 1 - Dedication (pag. 3-4)

Piscina Discorso 2 - The Fool and the Bagat (pag. 5-10)

Piscina Discorso 3 - Emperors, Popes, Love, Justice, VIII Chariot, IX Strength (pag. 11-14)

Piscina Discorso 4 - X Fortune, Old Man, Hanged Man, XIII Death (pag. 15-18)

Piscina Discorso 5 - Temperance, Demons, Fire, Stars, Moon, Sun, World, Angel (pag. 19-22)

Piscina Discorso 6 - Meaning of the suits and Conclusion (pag. 23-27)

Biography

Derossi

From "Scrittori Piemontesi, Savoiardi, Nizzardi, registrati nei cataloghi del vescovo Francesco Agostino Della Chiesa e del monaco Andrea Rossotto. Nuova compilazione di Onorato Derossi", 1790

Francesco Piscina from Carmagnola, scholar of laws, wrote in Italian a "Discourse about the meaning of tarot", which was published in Mondovì, and a "questione an statuta feminarum exclusiva porrigantur ad bona forensia" which was published in the same place in 1570. He also wrote an elegant funeral oration in praise of Carlo di Cosse, Lord of Brisac, general captain of His very Christian Highness in Italy; the manuscript of the text is kept in our library. [He also wrote] some legal counsels, which are seen published in various books together with writings by other excellent experts in legal matters.

Thierry Depaulis suggests that the "Lord of Brisac" likely is Charles de Cossé, comte de Brissac (1505-1563), who was promoted Marshall of France in 1550 and was made Governor-General of Piedmont, then occupied by the French. He thus represented His Very Christian Majesty (Sa Majesté Très-Chrétienne), a title the kings of France took for themselves.

Piemontesi Illustri

Piemontesi Illustri, Volume 4, Briolo, 1784 (p.100)

http://books.google.it/books?id=4M05AAAAcAAJ&dq=%22francesco+piscina%22&q=piscina#v=snippet&q=piscina&f=false

Francesco Piscina che di Carmagnola passò a stabilirsi in Saluzzo nel 1556., e il cui nome e sì degno di onore ne'fasti del Piemonte, sotto il Menochio studiò , e gli fu caro . D' anni 24, impresse il Piscina un dotto libro legale nel 1570.

"Dell'universita' degli studi in Mondovi: dissertazione", Gioachino Grassi

per Gianandrea, e figli Rossi, 1804

http://books.google.it/books?pg=RA1-PR22&dq=%22francesco+piscina%22&lr=&ei=I_QMS7r4CaWkyASOj9GAAw&id=8IIqAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q=%22francesco%20piscina%22&f=false

Nell'anno 1570. il mentovato Francesco Dólce , che era ancora creditore verso la Compagnia della stampa di somma considerabile per una parte degli attrezzi tipografici ad essa venduti prima del 1565, fece esso insieme a Bartolommeo Gallo continuar a sue spese la stamperìa , come il dimostra l'edizione dell1 opera di Francesco Piscina di Carmagnola , intitolata Dìsputalio an statuto, foeminarum exclusiva porrigantur ad bona forensia , leggendovisi notato: In Monteregati MDLXX. sumptibus Banholommaei Galli et Francisci Dulcii. Lo stampatore di essa si può credere fosse Pietro Francesco Borghesie, poiché in fine del libro de Arte, Rhetorica del Suario , impresso anche a spese dei suddetti Dolce e Gallo poco dopo , trovansi le seguenti parole : Excudebat Petrus Franciscus Burghesius. civis Vercellensis 1570.