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Opera di M. Bartolomeo Scappi, cuoco secreto di Papa Pio Quinto divisa in sei libri
Roma, 1570. First Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Good Condition. Full early vellum with modest soiling and discoloration, author penned to spine, lengthy inscription in Italian on the front pastedown. Lacking the title (with an attractive old manuscript facsimile tipped in) and preliminaries (starting on page 1), and any blanks as well as 6 plates comprising the frontis portrait, the folding papal banquet, the main kitchen, the room next to the kitchen, the machine to turn spits and the foot warmer. 22 plates present, one detached, old pen marks on the verso of another, modest general soiling, heavier in spots - good impressions generally. Scattered age toning and occasional mild stains to the text, small dampstain to the upper margin in one section, mild worming in the lower margin in another, small hole on the final leaf touching a few letters. A largely complete copy of a book, because of it's enormous utility, often found in even worse shape. 369 (including a section of curious foliation between 128 and 140), 7, and 22 leaves of plates. Vicaire 771 (Venice) , Cagle 1182 (Venice), Oberle 75 (the 1605 ed.), Bitting 419. The first Roman edition (the first year as the first Venetian with different pagination but the same plates - no priority has ever been established, though Scappi was working in Rome) of the greatest cookery treatise of the Renaissance. Not until La Varenne's Cuisinier Fran├žaise in 1651 would a work of even roughly comparable importance be published and that is absent talk of the remarkable engravings - including the first fork ever pictured - depicting the method and implements of a new sort of cookery. Though sprung from and describing elaborate banquets of mind-boggling complexity (one banquet that he describes has 159 dishes), the individual recipes were suitable for middle class tables, and remain fully recognizable as staples of Mediterranean cuisine - not until Elizabeth David published Mediterranean Food in 1950 would England start to contemplate eating this well. Size: 4to (quarto). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: CAT000072.
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