Lyon: Sebastianum Barptolomari Honorati, 1556.
Early Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Very Good Condition. Item #CAT000063
Contemporary vellum, author penned to spine. Lacking ties, degradation to fore-edge and corner of the front and rear covers and some wear to the page corners at the beginning and end, slight dampstain in the gutter early on, scattered old marginal marks and underlinings. (xx), 898, xxvii pp. Vicaire 50
The first Latin edition was the same year. The Deipnosophistae, the great epic of dinner table conversation, is one of the only major surviving sources for our knowledge of ancient banquets and food and represents the first written evidence of man's great love of stuffing animals with other animals; in book 4, a great roast boar is served stuffed with thrushes, paunches, fig-peckers, eggs, oysters and periwinkles - an inspiration for Grimod de la Reynière's roti sans pareil. It also includes the first written recipe, saved from the lost cookbook of the Sicilian gastronome Mithaecus. It is instructions for serving the fish Tainia (gut, discard the head, rinse, slice; add cheese and oil). Size: 8vo (octavo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: CAT000063.