Bacco in Toscana.

REDI  (1685)

£8000.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First Edition. 4to (302 x 230mm). [4]ff. 46pp. [1]f. 264 pp., title-page in red and black and with the rare portrait frontispiece which is often missing. Some minor repair work to the inner margin of the portrait and the adjacent text leaf, some minor foxing to the half-title but otherwise a very fine and largely uncut copy. Contemporary full vellum over boards, manuscript title to spine (quite probably re-cased, some repair work in places).

Florence: Piero Martini,

Simon BG p. 1268

 

"One of the most famous panegyrics on wine ever written" (Simon).

 

First edition of this famous poem which describes the virtues of wine and the benefits of moderate drinking. He extols in particular the finest wines of Tuscany and the poem concludes with the assertion that of all the wines Montepulciano is king. The poem enjoyed great success throughout Europe and reached the English court of King William III; Redi's poem may be responsible for William's preference for Tuscan wines and for the decision to send an English delegation to Tuscany with the purpose of acquiring for the English court wines such as Moscadello di Montecalcino and Vino nobile di Montepulciano.The poem is found on the first 64 pages, and is followed by extensive annotations which not only speak further about wine but also describe other beverages. There is a long description of chocolate (pp. 29-33), followed by a poem on the subject by Tommaso Strozzi, and on p. 199 is described Candiero, a newly invented sort of drink which appears to be a sweet frozen egg dish. A recipe in a poem by Lorenzo Magalotti begins: egg yolks, barely cooked, should be beaten in spotless porcelain, and when beaten and frothy, sugar should be added. Francisco Redi was physician to Ferdinando and Cosimo III and was the author of many works relating to natural history, but is particularly known for this famous poem, which went through many revisions in manuscript form until its first publication in 1685

Stock Code: 228760

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