Roma: Giulio Burchioni, 1593.
Second Edition. Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Good Condition. Item #CAT000071
Later 1/4 leather, spine worn and dry, hinges cracking. Title with a paper repair to verso on the lower tight corner, light dampstain to upper corner of first 30+ pages, light soiling early on, scattered browning, finger soiling to plates, ink stains in the margins of a few pages. Clean, overall - printing error with blanks instead of pages 50, 51 and 62, 63 - in all 4 cases the verso is printed. Facsimiles laid in. Three parts in one volume continuously paginated but with 3 separate title pages. (viii), 82, (4), 87-138, (4), 143-162. Final register page laid down on thick paper. Complete with four full page woodcuts and 2 folding plates. The first edition was 1581 and there was another second edition in 1593, Venice, with an additional folding plate but lacking the final section (Il Mastro di casa Ragionamento). Cagle 1121, Vicaire 159.
The most important and first exhaustive Renaissance treatise on carving - it turned the necessary removal of meat from bone into an aerial event with more in common with juggling than with eating. It was enormously influential on the next several hundred years of carving and also contains substantial information, and an attractive plate, on banquets. Size: 4to (quarto). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: CAT000071.