Title, (11) ff, 616 ff.
French translation of the most famous book of the humanist Pierre Messie or Pedro Mexia (1497-1551), by Claude Gruget, secretary of Louis de Bourbon-Condé.
The original edition appeared in Spanish in 1540.
A gentleman of Seville, and historiographer to Charles V, Mexia deals in this important compilation with a variety of subjects, historical anecdotes, esoteric interpretations, and some passages concern the history of gastronomy: a small chapter explaining how to eat viper flesh is followed by remarks on vine and wine (pp. 344-360). According to Oberlé, the book is structured around two dialogues on banquets, in which "ancient and modern table customs, the origin of the word convivium, the great Roman feasts, table decorations, kitchen arrangements, dishes, etc., with numerous references to ancient authors" are treated, followed by dishes, meats, vegetables. "Everything is good to browse in this encyclopedia for the curious".
Hinges split. Binding rubbed.
Oberlé, Fastes, 348 (1643).