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Martialis, M. Val.
Epigrammaton Librt XIIII - [ROMAN COOKERY]
Apud Hieronymum de Marnef, Parisiis, 1560. 48mo (10.5x7.5 cm). - 208, [3] leaves. - Contemporary calf, covers with double gilt borders; rebacked, spine with 4 raised bands and title in gilt on red leather label. Corners and edges somewhat worn, else fine. - A tight copy. - On the title-page and in the colophon, Marnef's famous printer's device: a pelican, on its nest, feeding its young, along with the motto: In me mors, in me vita". - Many engraved initials. - Interior fine, except for the tops of few pages (including the title-page) are being very slightly shaved off . - On the title-page, ownership note in old ink: "Joannes Seager. Coll. / Pembr. Oxon. / ." - Marginal comments in Seager's hand, in English, especially at the end. - The poet Martian, of Spanish origin, is well remembered for his witty description of daily human life in Rome, as well as for his satire. - In the present book, of special interest are the host of very interesting details of the different dishes and wines of the table, given in Liber XIII. He praises Italian wines, especially those of Falernia. - Some of Seager's comments are also n Liber XIII. such as on the margin if the verso of Leaf 188 about " a small fish: the fry of the thynnas', and another on Leaf 193:"sea water brought with the fish". [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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