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PLATINA, Bartholomaeus (1421-1481). De honesta voluptate et valetudine. Cividale: Gerardus de Lisa de Flandria, 24 October 1480. Chancery 4° (204 x 146mm). Collation: [1-118 126] (1/1r text, 12/1v colophon, 12/2r table, 12/5v register, 12/6 blank). 94 leaves. 32 lines. Type: 5:80G. 2- to 4-line initial spaces with guide-letters, spaces for Greek. Manuscript foliation from 163 to 256. (1/1 partially detached.) French 19th-century straight-grained green morocco, covers with triple gilt fillets, spine decorated in gilt and blind, gilt edges (a little rubbed). Provenance: marginal annotations in a humanistic cursive hand, numeration of chapters and manuscript index in the same hand on two final leaves; Aldine device with 'PM' monogram drawn in red below colophon.
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PLATINA, Bartholomaeus (1421-1481). De honesta voluptate et valetudine. Cividale: Gerardus de Lisa de Flandria, 24 October 1480. Chancery 4° (204 x 146mm). Collation: [1-118 126] (1/1r text, 12/1v colophon, 12/2r table, 12/5v register, 12/6 blank). 94 leaves. 32 lines. Type: 5:80G. 2- to 4-line initial spaces with guide-letters, spaces for Greek. Manuscript foliation from 163 to 256. (1/1 partially detached.) French 19th-century straight-grained green morocco, covers with triple gilt fillets, spine decorated in gilt and blind, gilt edges (a little rubbed). Provenance: marginal annotations in a humanistic cursive hand, numeration of chapters and manuscript index in the same hand on two final leaves; Aldine device with 'PM' monogram drawn in red below colophon.

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PLATINA, Bartholomaeus (1421-1481). De honesta voluptate et valetudine. Cividale: Gerardus de Lisa de Flandria, 24 October 1480. Chancery 4° (204 x 146mm). Collation: [1-118 126] (1/1r text, 12/1v colophon, 12/2r table, 12/5v register, 12/6 blank). 94 leaves. 32 lines. Type: 5:80G. 2- to 4-line initial spaces with guide-letters, spaces for Greek. Manuscript foliation from 163 to 256. (1/1 partially detached.) French 19th-century straight-grained green morocco, covers with triple gilt fillets, spine decorated in gilt and blind, gilt edges (a little rubbed). Provenance: marginal annotations in a humanistic cursive hand, numeration of chapters and manuscript index in the same hand on two final leaves; Aldine device with 'PM' monogram drawn in red below colophon.

THIRD EDITION OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED WORK ON FOOD AND DRINK, reprinted from the previous edition of Laurentius de Aquila and Sibylinus Umber (Venice, 1475), with the table moved to the end. The third edition was THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN CIVIDALE (Civitas Austriae), in Friuli, at the foot of the Julian Alps. The Flemish printer Gerardus de Flandria [van der Leye] worked at Treviso in the latter part of 1478 and then settled at Udine, before printing this work and two others at Cividale; these remained the only known books issued at Cividale for nearly three hundred years. The ownership of this copy is attributed to Paulus Manutius (1513-1574) in a tipped-in catalogue description and a bookseller's pencil note. Although this appears doubtful, and the Aldine device may only have been drawn in the book in the 19th-century, the manuscript index, neatly written in four columns over three pages, may nevertheless have been compiled by a prospective publisher. All 432 chapters are individually numbered, and the index lists the subject matter of each in turn, showing the extraordianary range of ingredients considered in Platina's dietary treatise. HC (Add) 13052*; BMC VII, 1094 (IA. 34201); Polain (B) 3183; IGI 7850; IDL 3710; Opere di Gastronomia 1515; Simon BB I, 79; Vicaire 689; Goff P-763.
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