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Versuch einer Beschreibung historischer und natürlicher Merkwürdigkeiten der Landschaft Basel. 23 parts in 6 vols.

BASEL. - (BRUCKNER, Daniel). With 7 engr., fold. maps (of which 6 are colored or in outline coloring), 54 mostly fold. town views and 52 of 59 (of which 49 are fold., and 1 colored. map of Augst) plates showing antiquities, petrefacts, a salmon, and a Roman inscription, all of them engraved by Chovin, Dublon and Holzhalb after drawings by Emanuel Büchel, as well as many woodcut illustrations in the text. Together 3077, (15) pp. 8vo. Contemp. half calf with each 2 spine labels, gilt (stamps on half-titles). Basel, Emanuel Thurneysen, 1748-1763 (-1764). (Added:) Lutz, Markus. Neue Merkwürdigkeiten der Landschaft Basel, oder Fragmente zur Geschichte, Topographie, Statistik und Kultur dieses schweizerischen Freystandes. 3 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half calf with each 2 spine labels, gilt, Basel, Schweighauser, 1805-1816. Ad I: First edition (vol. 1 in 2nd ed. dated 1764). A very nice copy of a richly illustrated work on topography, history, genealogy, archeology, botany, zoology and mineralogy of the Basel region. The engravings are present here in sharp and clear impressions and show views of villages, cities and landscape sceneries, castles, antiquities, etc.- Barth 19683; Lonchamp 465; Haller I, 841.- Ad II: First edition. M. Lutz (1772-1835) was pastor in Läufelfingen.- Barth 19688. GEOGRAPHY: TRAVEL ; HELVETICA: BASEL-JURA ; HELVETICA ;
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Memorabilia Tigurina, oder Merkwürdigkeiten der Stadt und Landschaft Zürich. Third augmented edition, ed. by Johann Balthasar Bullinger.

ZURICH. - BLUNTSCHLI, Hans Heinrich. Engr. frontispiece "Memorabilia Urbis et Agri Tigurini" with a small view of Zurich, 1 folding map (c. 415 x 370 mm) engr. by Johann Heinrich Freytag after J. J. Scheuchzer and H. C. Gyger, and 39 small engr. views by Johann Melchior Füssli, originally mounted on blank pages. 4 unn. leaves (incl. frontispiece), 713 pp. Small 4to. 19th-century half cloth. Zurich, Heidegger & Compagnie, 1742. Most comprehensive edition of the best-known history of mainly town and canton of Zurich with many views. Entries are found about villages, buildings, historical events, battles, government offices, weather conditions, etc. arranged in alphabetical order. Hans Heinrich Bluntschli's (1656-1722) work is present here in its enlarged third edition, edited and continued up to the 18th century by Johann Balthasar Bullinger (1690-1764), and the first one depicting all 40 views by Johann Melchior Füssli (1677-1736). These engravings are mounted on blank paper and inserted in alphabetical order: Besides the views of Zurich, there are depictions of Andelfingen, Bülach, Kappel, Embrach, Eglisau, Greifensee, Grüningen, Küsnacht, Kyburg, Regensberg, Stein am Rhein, Weinfelden, Winterthur, a.o. - Small stamp on frontispiece verso, some foxing throughout, on the whole a good copy. - Haller I, 763 and 352; Lonchamp 350; Weiss, Die politische Erziehung im alten Zürich (1940), 125; Feller/Bonjour 434; Achtnich/Staudenmann, Schweizer Ansichten . 1477-1786 (1978), p. 125, no. 5; Studer, Geschichte der physischen Geographie der Schweiz (1863), 207. HELVETICA ;
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Dictionnaire universel de commerce: contenant tout ce qui concerne le commerce qui se fait dans les quatre parties du monde, par terre, par mer.par des voyages de long cours .le detail du commerce de la France en general et de la ville de Paris en particulier. Nouvelle edition. 3 vols.

SAVARY des Brûlons, Jacques. Each vol. with half-title. Titles printed in red and black. With numerous engr. head-pieces and vignettes throughout. (8), xxvii, (1), 544 pp., (545)-1140 double cols. (ie. 294 pp.), (2) pp. (last blank; (4) pp., 1772 cols. (i.e. 886 pp.); (4) pp., 1316, 684 cols. (i.e. 1020 pp.), last leaf blank. Large 4to (280 x 400 mm). Contemporary morocco, spine richly gilt-decorated in 7 compartments (slightly faded and rubbed), gilt fillets and inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. From the library of Wenzel Anton Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg with his gilt heraldic supralibros on both covers showing the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Paris, Chez la Veuve Estienne et fils, 1748. First encyclopaedic dictionary on trade and an important commentary and history on economics. A scarce monumental edition of a popular, often printed work which was first published in 1723 and here finished by the author's brother Louis-Philémon (1654-1727). Jacques Savary des Brûlons (1657-1716), was the Inspector General of the Manufactures for King Louis XIV at the French Custom House of Paris. He was a son of Jacques Savary, the author of "Le Parfait Negociant", a more general work on the same subject. The present work contains long articles on the history of commerce around the four continents, its law, regulations of companies, welfare, etc. and bookkeeping, banking terms, exchange rules and values, or an adequate measure of new values. Special attention is given to the art and business of textile and related crafts as they were basic elements in France and world economy. The term "entrepreneur" first appeared in this dictionary, and has subsequently evolved over time. Savary may be considered as having been one of the first to put forward in his dictionary an explanation in the nature of profit not only when trading. His importance in the history of economics probably lies in the fact that Savary was the first to systematically add the fundamental conceptions on which the science is based.- A nice copy from the collection of Reichsfürst von Kaunitz-Rietberg (1711-1794), Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, liberal patron of education and art, and a statesman of the Holy Roman Empire. He was succeded by Prince Klemens von Metternich as State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire.- A nice copy. - Kress 4930; Goldsmiths 08321; Sabin 77273. ECONOMICS ; COMMERCE ; FRANCE ;
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Descrizione delle pitture, sculture, e architetture esposte al pubblico di Roma: Opera/ cominciata dall’abate Filippo Titi.; con l’aggiunta di quanto è stato fatto di nouvo fino all’ anno presente.

ROME. - TITI, Filippo. Title with vign., head- and tail-pieces, decorative initials. XII, 487 pp., (1 blank leaf), 108 pp. 12mo. Contemporary boards (worn). Rome, Marco Pagliarini, 1763. First published c. 90 years earlier under the title: Studio di pittura, scoltura et architettura, this is the first pocket guide for amateurs to the art and architecture of Rome. Aimed at an audience of secular tourists rather than religious pilgrims, this guide is organized from the standpoint of geographical rather than devotional convenience. It is of the greatest interest to the historian of Baroque art and architecture, as it provides a descriptive inventory of the contents of over 240 churches and monasteries and contains information relevant to attribution, building history, patronage and contemporary taste. Includes bibliogr. references and indexes. Most copies of this pocket guide were working copies by their very nature, and have been used to pieces. According to Schlosser, it remained the standard guide to Rome in the eighteenth century, and as such, was one of the formative sources for the trend of the "Grand Tour".- A clean copy. - Schlosser, pp. 544, 600; cf. Cicognara 3891; Marco Lattanzi, "La prima grande vera guida di Roma," in F. Prinzi, ed., Filippo Titti, Descrizione delle pitture (1978), pp. 5-10; OCLC 3880564. ART & ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY ; ITALY ; GEOGRAPHY:TRAVEL ;
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De architectura libri decem.omnibus omnium editionibus longè emendatiores, collativ vetribus exemplis. Accesserunt, Guliemi Philandri Castilionii, civis Romani, annotationes castigatiores, & plus tertia parte locupletiores. Adjecta est epitome in omnes Georgii Agricola de mensura & ponderibus libros eodem auctore.

VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. - PHILANDRIER, Guillaume, ed. Title within architectural woodcut border, woodcut portrait of Philander on leaf 8 verso, printer's privileg in Civilité types on leaf 8 recto, one folding printed plate, woodcut illustrations and diagrams throughout, ornamental woodcut initials. [8] leaves, 460 pp., [18] leaves (index in Greek and Latin). 4to (240 x 160 mm). Contemporary vellum. (Lyon), Jean de Tournes, 1586. This handsome, scholarly second edition is a reprint of the first one ever printed in France by Tournes in 1552 and has the same corrections and annotations by the humanist Guillaume Philandrier (1505-1563). Vitruvius' text is in Roman letters, alternating with Philandrier's annotations in Italics. "The contribution of Philander and of the Accademia delle Virtu to mid-sixteenth-century architectural theory is of the greatest importance.Philander's notes would be cited almost without exception by every Vitruvius commentator and translator, from the date of its first appearance until the nineteenth cenntury" (Wiebenson, Millard Coll., vol. 1, pp.471ff.). "This famous book by the military engineer to Julius Caesar and to Augustus influenced the architects of the Renaissance including Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio and Vignola. Subjects covered include architectural materials, chemicals, hydraulics, astronomy, geometry, machinery for civil and military use, optics and music" (Dibner, Heralds, p. 79). "Book 10 gives the first description of a vertical (Vitruvian) water wheel, which became the main source of hydraulic power for milling and other useful purposes during the next 1500 years" (Stanitz, Sources of Science and Technology 5). This edition includes also Agricola's "De mensuris et ponderisbus", the interesting "De staticis experimentis dialogus" of Cardinal Nicolaus de Cusa and Frontinus' treatise on the water supply of Rome (97 A.D.). The numerous beautiful woodcuts mostly by Bernard Salomon are from the original blocks which are based on Jucundus' edition of 1511 and the famous Como edition of 1521.- A nice and clean copy. - Cicognara 721; Riccardi I, 616; Adams V-910; Fowler 414; cf. Mortimer 550. ART & ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY ; GRAPHIC ARTS:ILLUSTRATED BOOKS ; SCIENCE:TECHNOLOGY ;
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Genealogy of the nobel families of Gutierrez de Arze, and Gutierrez de la Huerta). Illuminated manuscript in Spanish, signed and sealed by Don Ramon Zazo y Ortega. Written in a calligraphical hand in ink on vellum.

GUITERREZ. - CHARLES III, King of Spain (1716-1788). With 2 full-page coat of arms painted in beautiful colors and heightened in gold (2nd with Royal stamp below crown in upper part), 4 calligraphic headers in red, familiy names Gutierrez, Huerta and Arze, colored and partly placed above, 4 smaller coat of arms in colors, 8 large historical initials painted in colors and gold. 17-18 lines, double ruled in red. Interleaved to protect the watercolors with 6 red silk guards. 36 pp., containing mostly signature on the pages. Folio (320 x 215 mm). Original morocco with gold decoration, marbled endpapers. Written in a calligraphical hand in ink on vellum. Madrid, September 12, 1771. A fine example of a calligraphic manuscript of this Royal confirmation of arms and noblility of the noble lineage of the two noble families Gutierrez de Arze and Gutierrez de la Huerta and their descendants. The grant is based upon loyal services given by the ancestors of the Gutierrez to the Royal French king (around 882) and up to King Charles III of Spain. In 1771 it became desirable to write down the purity of the houses, after Don Juan Gutierrez married Dona Angela Huarte. The document has two paper seals, and is signed at the end by collaborators of the King, and counter-signed by Don Ramon Zazo y Ortega, the official herald and genealogist for the Spanish crown. GRAPHIC ARTS:CALLIGRAPHY ; SPAIN ; GENEALOGY ;
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Histoire et Monuments des Emaux Byzantins (Collection de Mr. A. V. Zvenigorodskoi).

KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich. With 31 chromolithographed plates in gold and colors with tissue guards, and with chromolithographed dedication leaf to Tsar Alexander III printed in gold and colors on an embossed silver foil background, portrait frontispiece of Zvenigorodskoi, chromolithographed additional title, title printed in red within chromolithographic border, chromolithographic divisional titles and tall-pieces, colored and gilt initials and decoration, many large and small wood-engraved illustrations, elaborate embroidered silk place-mark (zakladka) present. XI, 388 pp. Thick-4to (360 x 265 mm). Orig. percaline cloth elaborately blocked, decorated and lettered richly in gold and black, colored and edges printed in various colors, orig. printed endpapers (front cover somewhat rubbed, spine slightly restored). Unidentified Exlibris, and probably from the collection of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland. In a red leather box, covered with green silk imitation. Frankfurt am Main, A. Osterrieht, (1889-) 1892. First edition in French, transl. from the orig. Russian by F. Travinsky. This is no. 38 of an edition limited to 200 limited to 200 copies. A lavish record of Count Alexandr Viktorovich Zvenigorodskoi's spectacular collection of early medieval Byzantine enamels that were later acquired by J. P. Morgan, which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Kondakov (1844-1925) was a Russian art historian and is one of the founders of the study of Byzantine art history. Illustrated with fine illustrations this is one of the most beautiful, expensively and sumptuous Russian books of the 19th century ever produced. According to Vengerov, o.c. "One of the greatest bibliographic rarities".the book is undoubtedly a masterpiece of the Russian printing industry. It has no equals either in terms of workmanship or in terms of the funds involved.it cost 120'000 roubles in gold by the exchange rate for 1892 ". There were 600 copies printed, 200 each in Russian, French and German, all of which were designated for presentation rather than for sale. Recipient of this copy probably was Ernst August (1845-1923) the last Hanoverian prince to hold a British royal title and the Order of the Garter (see encl. photocopy of a letter of donation by Zvenigorodskoi, dated June 20, 1894). - Added to this monumental publication is a copy of: BOCK, Franz. Die byzantinische Zellenschmelze der Sammlung Dr. Alex. von Swenigorodskoi und das darüber veröffentlichte Prachtwerk. Archäölogisch-kunsthistorische Studie. Als Manuskript gedruckt. With illustrations in the text and 33 plates (1 in color, 1 double-page) at the end. XIII, 448 pp. Large-8vo. Orig. percaline cloth richly decorated in brown, gilt stamps, instalments gilt, decorated with Greek motifs, inside gilt, decorated guards, silk bookmark ending with pompon. Aachen, the author and La Ruelle'sche Akaziendruckerei, 1896.- One of 300 copies privately printed.- Nice copies. - Fekula 6705 ("magnificent"); Vengerov, Old Russian Books, 77; Stasov, Istoriia Knigi (the history of this book). (1898). ART - GENERAL & APPLIED ; GREECE ; BYZANZ ;
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Das Merkwürdigste aus der malerischen Reise in Brasilien.

RUGENDAS, Moritz (or Johann Maurice). With 40 lithographed plates. 2 cols. 51 pp. Folio (360 x 260 mm). Modern half calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine. Schaffhausen, J. Brodtmann, 1836. A famous pictorial travel account on Brazil at the beginning of the 19th century consisting of 6 parts. The first part is a description in German printed in two columns, and the other five parts are each a collection of fine lithographed plates on the following topics: Landscapes of Brazil, views of Rio de Janeiro, portraits and costumes of the Indians, manners and customs of the Indians, portraits and costumes of the Negroes and life and costumes of the Negroes. The two last parts also contain an elaborate study on the slave trade with its inhuman conditions on the slave ships, registration processes by the authorities and the slave markets. Further depictions show the slave lodgings, slaves at work and punishment. Various plates also show the ethnicity of the slaves from such places as Cabinda, Rebolla, Congo, Benguella, Mina, etc. Two of the plates are not the work of Rugendas, but were taken from "Wied-Neuwied, Reise nach Brasilien. Frankfurt am Main, 1820-1821". Moritz Rugendas (Augsburg 1802-1858 Weilheim an der Teck) joined an expedition of Baron von Langsdorff to Brazil and is considered being the most varied and important of the European artists to visit Latin America. Rugendas' work became one of most important documents about Brazil in the 19th century. King Maximilian II of Bavaria acquired most of his works. - Text and plates slightly foxed, some marginal staining, otherwise a nice copy. - Bosch 414; Lonchamp 2567a; Sabin 73954; cf. Borba de Moraes II, 754; Berger, p. 257. GEOGRAPHY: TRAVEL ; BRAZIL; SOUTH AMERICA ; HELVETICA ;
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Memorabilia Tigurina, oder Merkwürdigkeiten der Stadt und Landschaft Zürich. Third augmented edition, ed. by Johann Balthasar Bullinger.

ZURICH. - BLUNTSCHLI, Hans Heinrich. Engr. frontispiece "Memorabilia Urbis et Agri Tigurini" with a small view of Zurich at the bottom, 1 colored folding map (c. 415 x 370 mm) engr. by Johann Heinrich Freytag after J. J. Scheuchzer and H. C. Gyger, and 39 small engr. views by Johann Melchior Füssli, originally mounted on blank pages. 4 unn. leaves (incl. frontispiece), 713 pp. Small 4to. 19th-century half cloth. Zurich, Heidegger & Compagnie, 1742. Most comprehensive edition of the best-known history of mainly town and canton of Zurich with many views. Entries are found about villages, buildings, historical events, battles, government offices, weather conditions, etc. arranged in alphabetical order. Hans Heinrich Bluntschli's (1656-1722) work is present here in its enlarged third edition, edited and continued up to the 18th century by Johann Balthasar Bullinger (1690-1764), and the first one depicting all 40 views by Johann Melchior Füssli (1677-1736). These engravings are mounted on blank paper and inserted in alphabetical order: Besides the views of Zurich, there are depictions of Andelfingen, Bülach, Kappel, Embrach, Eglisau, Greifensee, Grüningen, Küsnacht, Kyburg, Regensberg, Stein am Rhein, Weinfelden, Winterthur, a.o. - Some light foxing throughout, on the whole a good copy. - Haller I, 763 and 352; Lonchamp 350; Weiss, Die politische Erziehung im alten Zürich (1940), 125; Feller/Bonjour 434; Achtnich/Staudenmann, Schweizer Ansichten . 1477-1786 (1978), p. 125, no. 5; Studer, Geschichte der physischen Geographie der Schweiz (1863), 207. HELVETICA ;
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Neues historisches Wappenbuch der Stadt Zürich. Nach den besten Quellen bearbeitet. Edited and lithographed by Jean Egli. Color printing by C. Knüsli.

EGLI, Jean. With figured title in color lithography, 46 plates, 6 plates of variants showing c. 670 coats of arms lithogr. in color, gold and silver, with tissue-guards. (252) pp. (incl. errata leaf), (12) pp. 4to. Orig. black cloth with gilt-stamped lettering and seal on upper cover, edges gilt (slightly rubbed). Zurich, F. Walder & Sohn (for the editor), 1860. (And:) THE SAME. Der ausgestorbene Adel von Stadt und Landschaft Zürich. With figured title in color lithography, and 41 plates, 10 plates (die 1859 in der Stadt Zürich eingebürgerten Geschlechter) in color lithography with gold and silver, showing 608 coats of arms, with tissue-guards. 224 pp., 8 pp. 4to. Orig. maroon morocco with gilt-stamped seal on upper cover, edges gilt. Zurich, Egli-Schätti (lithography) and Gull (for the editor), 1865. First editions of both parts of this compendium of all coats of arms of Zurich families, still a standard work, lavishly produced. Johann Egli (called Jean, 1828-1870), a lithographer from Herrliberg, had studied at the Munich Academy, before founding his own lithographic company in Zurich in 1860. For the present work, he drew on the rich heraldic and genealogical material left by Heinrich Wilhelm Tobler-Meyer. The first volume contains a contribution by the art historian Johann Rudolf Rahn regarding the monasteries of Maria Einsiedeln and Wettingen. - Ms. note regarding Jacques Meister from Zurich laid in in vol. I, some light foxing in parts. - Barth 9934 and 9936; Brun I, 413 f. Not in Lonchamp or Dimpfel, Adelslexika/Wappenbücher. GENEALOGY - HERALDRY ; HELVETICA: ZÜRICH-ZUG ; HELVETICA ;
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Die Vögel. Nach dem Aristophanes. Von Goethe. Ächte Ausgabe.

Goethe, (Johann Wolfgang von). Titel, 64 SS. 8vo. Mod. Ppbd. mit RSchild, unbeschnitten. Leipzig, G. J. Göschen, 1787. Erste "ächte" Einzelausgabe aus dem 4. Band von "Goethe's Schriften" (8 Bde. Göschen, 1787-90) nach Entfernung der Kupfer und der Bogennorm. Goethe macht aus der bei Aristophanes ursprünglich politisch ausgerichteten Satire, eine köstliche, indizienreiche Persiflage vermutlich auf den Weimarer Literatenkreis und sehr wahrscheinlich auch auf den Zürcher Dichter und Literaturkritiker Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698-1783), welcher als Schuhu "auf dem Gipfel eines überhohen Berges" thront und "mit nichts zufrieden ist, und dem wir deswegen grosse Kenntnis zuschreiben. Sie nennen ihn im ganzen Lande den Criticus. Er sitzt den ganzen Tag über zu Hause, und denkt alles durch, was die Leute gestern getan haben, und ist immer noch so einmal gescheut, als einer der vom Rathaus kommt". Goethe hingegen schlüpft alternierend in die Rollen des Treufreund und Hoffegut, zweier Literaten. Sehr humorvoll ist sein Urteil über Lexika, "die grossen Krambuden der Litteratur, wo jeder einzeln sein Bedürfnis pfennigweise nach dem Alphabet abhohlen kann!" - Schönes und breitrandiges Exemplar im Orig.- Zustand, etw. bestaubt. - Goedeke IV/3, 241, 56a; Wilpert/Gühring 35; Kippenberg 359; Hagen 11 und 186; Brieger 723; Borst 544; Hirzel A 143; Meyer 305; Dorn 351. LITERATURE:GERMAN ; HELVETICA: ALLGEMEIN ; LITERATUR: DEUTSCHE ;
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Ein new Kochbuch, Das ist Ein Gründtliche Beschreibung, wie man . allerley Speiss, als gesotten, gebraten, gebacken.kochen und zubereiten solle. Sampt einem gründtlichen Bericht.wie man alle Wein vor allen zufällen bewaren.soll.

RUMPOLT, Marx. Title printed in red and black, woodcut title-illustration showing a cook in his kitchen, half-page woodcut coat of arms of Queen Anne of Denmark on second leaf, decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials, large printer's device on final page, and 148 woodcuts including scenes of banquets and feasts, with participants in both western and oriental dress, domestic and game animals, fish and seafood, kegs of wine and beer, platters, etc., by Jost Amman, Hans Weiditz, and others. (6), 41 ff.,1 blank; 200, (1) ff. Folio (290 x 190 mm). Contemp. vellum with 2 ties (worn). Exlibris A. Sarasin. Frankfurt am Main, Johann Saur for the heirs of Peter Fischer, 1604. The first edition of this first great and famous German cookbook appeared in 1581 and is the first large-format and richly illustrated German cookbook. Rumpolt had been the head cook to Daniel Brendel of Homburg, Archbishop- Elector of Mainz and to Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony. The book is dedicated to her. The author provides a thorough description of how to prepare meats, birds, fish, fowl and all kinds of pastry, vegetables, fruits, salads, relishes, soups, pies, tarts, preserves, beer and wine. Instructions are given for improving wine which has a bad taste. The recipes are assembled from German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, French, and Swiss sources. It is the first work to contain a recipe for the celebrated Swiss potato dish "Rösti". "Dieses monumentale Werk stellt mit einem Schlag alles bis dahin Erschienen auf diesem Gebiet in den Schatten. Kein anderes Land konnte sich rühmen, auch nur annähernd etwas Gleichartiges herausgebracht zu haben" (Schraemli). There are several banquet scenes in the first portion of the book, one of which has the mark of Jost Amman, another bearing his initials. The mark of Lucas Mayer and the one of Hans Bockberger are found twice. The 200 leaves of recipes are illustrated with small woodcuts of animals, birds, and fish are by Jost Amman, Virgil Solis and Hans Weidnitz.- Due to paper quality as usual some stains and browning throughout, tiny repair to title, book-block slightly loosened, otherwise good. - VD17 12:631450P; Weiss, Gastronomia, 3285; Horn/Arndt 87; Becker, Amman, 32d; cf. Vicaire 762; USTC 2079013; Schraemli, Schloss Jegenstorf, 59. GASTRONOMY ; yes ;
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Theatrum Instrumentorum et Machinarum. Theatre des Instrumens Mathematiques & Mechaniques (additional text and preface by François Béroalde de Verville).

BESSON, Jacques. Architectural title-page with classical figures, grotesques and geometric forms. With 60 engraved plates by Jacques Androuet du Cerceau the Elder, unsigned, elaborate grotesque head- and tail-pieces, and initials. Text in Roman and Italic types. [40] pp. (some spotting on title and light foxing in following leaves). Folio (390 x 270 mm). Antique-styled vellum with ornamentation in blind tooling on sides and back. Lyon (i.e. Geneva), Barth'elemy Vincent, 1578. First edition, second issue. According to the catalogue of the BnF this issue was preceded by a slightly different one printed in the same year by the same publisher, where the title-page is in French and dated in Roman numerals MDLXXVIII. Our copy has a bilingual title-page Latin and French, and is dated in modern spelling 1578. Both editions are augmented with text in French by François Béroalde de Verville. This book is one of the most important pictorial works on machines and opened the type of "Theatra machinarum". An elegant encyclopaedia of different inventions, ranging from musical instruments, hoists, pulleys, fountains, water-wheels, excavation and construction equipment to fire-fighting apparatus, etc. by Jacques Besson (1510-1576), professor of mathematics and engineer to the king. All the illustrations show great detail in the depiction of the human figures working the engines and the landscapes in which they are situated. The edition retains the description in Latin text engraved at the top of each plate.- A nice copy. - Cf. Brunet I, 829-830; Adams B-841; USTC 141612; no copy in BL London or BSB Munich; cf. Mortimer 56 & 57. SCIENCE:INSTRUMENTS ; SCIENCE:TECHNOLOGY ; GRAPHIC ARTS:ILLUSTRATED BOOKS ;