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Bod-Inc: P-338

Platina, Bartholomaeus

De honesta voluptate et valetudine.


Analysis of Content

[a1v] [Table of contents.]

[a4v] [Colophon.]

[b1r] Platina, Bartholomaeus: De honesta voluptate et valetudine [addressed to] B[artholomaeus] Roverella, Cardinal priest of S. Clemens. ‘Opusculum de obsoniis ac honesta uoluptate.’ Incipit: ‘[E]rrabunt et quidem uehementer, amplissime pater B. Rouerella, qui hanc nostram susceptionem . . .’ See L. N. Beck, ‘Praise is Due Bartolomeo Platina: a note on the Librarian-author of the First Cookbook', Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, 32/3 (1975), 238-353.


Imprint: Venice: Laurentius de Aquila and Sibylinus Umber, 13 June 1475. Folio.


Collation: [a4 b10 c–m8].


ISTC: ip00762000

Hain: H *13051;

Goff: Goff P‑762;

BMC: BMC V 239;

Proctor: Pr 4355;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑560; CIBN P‑438; M. E. Milham, ‘The Latin Editions of Platina's De honesta voluptate’, Gb Jb (1977), 57-63, at 57 incorrectly as no. 2(a), though the Bodleian copies are variants (see below) and should be 2(b); Sheppard 3514-15 (var.).

LCN: 14027684, 14027714


Copy number: P-338(1)

Leaf [a2r], last line: ‘LIBRI SEXTI CAP.' [e6v], l. 11: ‘DE ASPRAAGO'. [e8r], l. 1: ‘ . . . dīitū | . . .’ With variant colophon, omitting the printers' names.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century paper boards, backed with parchment.

Size: 296 × 208 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 199 mm.

Some early marginal annotations, including comments on the text and extraction of key words.

Provenance: Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), I 1871, with the number in black ink on the front pastedown; sale (1789), lot 6772, marked down, in the Bodleian's annotated copy of the catalogue, to Molini for £2. 17. 0; possibly ‘Peter Molini'. Purchased by Heber for £1. 11. 6, according to the price annotated in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp on the recto of the front endleaf; see Catalogue, 2 (1834), lot 4958. Purchased for £0. 2. 6 according to Books Purchased (1834), 23.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.34.

Copy number: P-338(2)

Wanting [d2.7], [i1], and the blank leaf [m8].

With variant colophon, omitting the printers' names. Leaf [a2r], last line: ‘LIBRI QuINTI CAP.' [e6v], l. 11: ‘DE ASPARAGO'. [e8r], l. 1: ‘ . . . īditū | . . .’

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century half calf; gold-tooled spine; marbled paper boards.

Size: 286 × 201 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 274 × 185 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations, including folio numbers in the table of contents; early manuscript foliation in roman numerals: i–lxxxvi. Bibliographical notes by Douce on the recto of the front endleaf.

One- to four-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Some book numbers are supplied in black ink. Two large engravings of Platina have been pasted (presumably by Douce) on the verso of the front endleaf and on the rear pastedown, and a smaller one on the front pastedown.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 196.

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