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VMs: Translating Cicco Simonetta's "Regule"...?

Hi Philip,

If you want something short, meaty, yet extraordinarily relevant to translate, may I suggest Cicco Simonetta's "Regule ad extrahendum litteras ziferatas sine exemplo"?

A while back, I mentioned P.-M. Perret's French-language article on Cicco Simonetta's cryptologic rules, from Bibliotheque de l'ecole des Chartes (1890), pp. 516-525. I'm now pleased to note that a scanned PDF version of these pages is now freely accessible online on the BNF website. The article includes a clean (though scanned) Latin transcription of Simonetta's original set of rules (pp. 523-525), and this is what I'd suggest would be good to translate.

If you go to the following page, and click on [516] in the left-hand frame, the arrow navigation buttons at the top will then take you through all the pages of the paper. Alternatively, you can just enter 516 (or any other page number) in the "Aller a la page [ ]" dialog box at the top and press Enter (or click on "Aller...").

Also, if someone wants to take on a job to help Philip out, transcribing the scan into a document or a web page would probably be a good assistance - it would be excellent to be able to put the two side by side on a final web-page anyway.

BTW, the original document's full title is:-
        "Regule ad extrahendum litteras ziferatas, sine exemplo", Paris,
        Biblioteque Nationale, Fonds Italien, Cod. 1595,
        fol. 441r-441v-442r-442v

There are also some (poor resolution) microfilm pictures of the document itself from the Vincent Ilardi Collection at Yale:-

Perret also mentions (p.517) that Simonetta prepared a treatise on Francesco Sforza's Chancellery in 1465 entitled "Constitutiones et ordines cancellariae secretioris illustrissimi principis et excellentissimi d. d. Francisci Sfortiae Vicecomitis ducis Mediolani", which was catalogued by Filippo Argelati (in "Bibliotheca scriptorum mediolanensium", Milan 1745, Vol II, col. 2167) - but he does not know what became of it. Intriguingly, Perret then suggests that the "Regule" might well have formed part of that earlier document, but were never been made public. If true, that would push the starting date for modern cryptology back by at least seven years.

And according to...
...Simonetta wrote the "Costitutes et ordines" [sic] in 1456 (which would be a further 8 years' earlier), so tracking these down might well be a good task for me to take on. There have actually been some recent seminars focusing on Simonetta, so this might prove easier than you might imagine. :-o

FWIW, to my eyes, the "Regule" seems less like a work in progress, and more like a neat copy (or slight development) of earlier work: but that's just a superficial observation.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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