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Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka [Greek - ATHENAEUS of Naucratis - 1535. 
Basel: Johannes Walder, 1535 - Folio (313 x 204 mm). Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, oval leaf-spray centrepiece in gilt to sides. Early library inkstamp to title; gift inscription to front pastedown dated 1963. Small amount of worm at foot of front pastedown and just affecting title at lower inner corner with small paper restoration in same place, a few slight water-stains, still a very good copy. Greek types, scholia in Latin and Greek. Second edition of the Greek text, edited by Jakob Bedrott, preceded only by the Aldine edition of 1514, of what is probably the earliest known text on cookery. A fictionalized symposium of thinkers gathering to discuss the ideal banquet, the Deipnosophistae ("dinner-table philosophers") is a remarkable collection of material chiefly on matters connected with dining, but also containing remarks on music, songs, dances, games, courtesans, and luxury. Nearly 800 writers and 2,500 separate works are referred to by Athenaeus. Were it not for this compendium, much valuable information about the ancient world would be lost, and many ancient Greek authors such as Archestratus almost entirely unknown. Book XIII is an important source for the study of sexuality in classical and Hellenistic Greece.
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