London, South Kensington
14 February 2007
LOBERA DE AVILA, Luis. Bancket der Hofe und Edelleut, des gesunden Lebens Regiment. Von eygenschafft nutz unnd schedlicheyt alles so zu Menschlicher Speise Tranck und Gebrauch inn Küchen, Keller und Apothecken. Frankfurt a.M.: Heirs of Christoph Egenolff, 1556. Small 8°. Woodcut of a dining scene at court on title, 54 woodcut illustrations (title repaired affecting 2 words of text but sense recoverable, partial deletion of 3 woodcuts by an earlier prudish owner, ff.XIIv, XIIIv and LXr, causing partial loss of all 3 images and a few letters of text on recto and a few words of text on verso of f.LX, small hole in a7 with loss of 2 letters on recto, some waterstaining). Contemporary vellum, ties (a few small wormholes, new endpapers).
Lobera de Avila's work aims to cater to the courtly audience and his dietary advice therefore is relatively easygoing. He gives simple guidelines concerning the order in which to eat different foods, what time is best to eat and whether the afternoon or evening meal should be larger, and which wines should accompany which foods. Incidentally, those foods harder to digest, like fish, require stronger wines in his opinion. The work was first published in Spanish in 1530 and the first German translation appeared in 1531. Vicaire 533; cf.Weiss 2336 (describing the 1551 edition).
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