ATHENIA. Banquet des savans. Paris, Lamy,... - Lot 8 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage

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ATHENIA. Banquet des savans. Paris, Lamy,... - Lot 8 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage
ATHENIA. Banquet des savans. Paris, Lamy, Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1789-1791. 5 vols. in-4, blond calf, gilt roulettes in frame, smooth spine decorated with a semé of various stars forming a trellis, black morocco title and gilt edges (Period binding, attributed to Bozérian according to a manuscript note). I) False-title, frontispiece, title, viii pp. explanation of the prints], 504 pp, (2) ff. - II) False title, title, 1) f. of dedication usually volume I], 537 pp. misfigured 503], (2) ff. - III) False title, title, 563 pp. the pagination jumps from 438 to 449 without missing], (2) ff. - IV) False title, title, 561 pp. - V) False title, frontispiece, engraved title, title, ix pp. explanations of the engravings], 562 pp. First edition of the first important translation of this famous treatise on Greek gastronomy. Translation by Lefebvre de Villebrune (1732-1809) who was a physician, then taught ancient languages at the Collège de France, before being appointed chief librarian at the Bibliothèque nationale. In 1797, he settled permanently in Angoulême to teach humanities. This translation is his most important work, the only one after the first translation given in the 17th century by Michel de Marolles. Divided into 15 books - of which only the first three have come down to us complete (we have only an abridged version of the last two) - this work was written by Athenaeus, a rhetorician and grammarian born in Egypt in the 3rd century. The only transmitter of Greek cuisine, he cites about 700 authors' names and recalls 1500 lost works. He wrote these Deipnosophists in Greek, compiling elements from his readings: in the form of a dialogue between Athenaeus and his friend Timocrates, the work offers multiple observations on wine (I and II), fruits and shellfish (III), dishes (VI), famous cooks and gourmets such as Archestratus or Apicius (IX and X), etc. In the first book, "the ways of drinking and the different wines are described in detail: wines of Italy, of Chios and Lesbos, of Egypt, etc. The second book begins with a detailed description of the origin, nature, properties and main effects of wine" (Simon). It also gives recipes of all kinds, deals with the organization of the table and the subjects of conversation to be had, and approaches sciences, poetry, the manners, civil uses, religious customs, festivals, music, perfumes, toilets, dance, clothing... Thus, the treaty of Athenaeus is the richest encyclopedia of Antiquity. Copy closing the illustrations for a four-volume edition published by the same publisher the same year: it includes, volume I, a superb frontispiece signed B. Picart, dated 1727, and 15 plates with a total of 21 copper-engraved vignettes after B. Picart, Cipriani, Le Bouteux, Le Barbier, Moreau, Saint-Quentin. Volume V, contains a beautiful title engraved by Née after Marillier, dated 1773 (to the date of 1792), a frontispiece engraved by Née and Masquelier after Barbier, and 18 full-page copper-engraved plates (the last one combining the vignettes 18 to 21). Copy on large vellum paper, exceptional with the figures, on strong vellum (and their explanatory leaves). Superlibris gilt on the boards: Caissotti, and handwritten ex-libris: Charles Caissoti. Bookplate : Doctor Camou (printed butterfly). Freckles, sometimes strong (especially volumes I and III). Binding damaged: stains, rubbing, snags on the covers and dull corners. Attached : HERBODEAU (E. A.). Studies and comments on Athenaeus' curious book "Les Deipnosophistes" or "Banquet des savants". London, Practical press, s.d. In-12, paperback of 106 pp.
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