(LOTTERIES). ~ L’Inganno non conosciuto, o pure non voluto conoscere nell’estrazione de’lotti in conformità di quelli di Genova, Milano, Napoli &c. Opera necessaria a spiegarsi per vedere, se sia possibile illuminare i proclivi all’ interesse. Pisa: Gio[vanni] Dom Carotti, 1732,
8vo (150 × 100 mm), pp. , 80. Woodcut initials and ornaments, letterpress tables and diagrams. Occasional minor staining. Contemporary limp carta rustica boards with decorative pastepaper spine. Somewhat rubbed and soiled, but an appealing, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of a rare little treatise (’The Unknown Deception’) against the deceptions and immorality of lotteries, then a major part of civic life in Italy. It traces the origins of lotteries in sixteenth century Genoa, from whence it spread to other cities, before explaining the extreme difficulty of winning. After a series of detailed diagrams and tables, there are chapters on the spurious and superstitious tactics employed by hopeful players and on the immorality of the game. WorldCat lists the Illinois copy only.