First edition of the first important translation of this famous treatise on Greek gastronomy. The first one was done by Abbé Michel de Marolles in 1680.
Divided into 15 books - of which only the first three have survived in their entirety (we only have 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, Athenaeus' treatise is the richest encyclopedia of antiquity.
Beautiful copy on large vellum paper, in a rare green morocco binding.
From the library of Count Grigori Alexandrovitch Stroganov (1770-1857), with his heraldic ex-libris with his motto : "terram opes patriae sibi nomen". Russian diplomat, he was a famous patron of the arts for his receptions and his famous recipe for veal Stroganov. Stamp of the Russian Library of Siberia Sibirscago Bibliothek (wet stamp on the titles).
Bindings slightly faded, some scuffing. Volume III, the pagination jumps from 438 to 449 without missing.
Vicaire, 51 - Simon, Bach. I, 58-59 (other editions) - Oberlé, Bach, n° 6.