16th Century German Cookbook

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HÜBNER, Bartholomaeus: New speisebüchlein: Darinnen kurtzer Unterricht von Essen und Trincken. Auch von allerley Speisen und Getranck, so zur Menschlichen nahrung dienlich und bey den Teutschen Gebrauche sind sampt vielen guten Hausartzneyen. Erfurt, Johann Beck 1588.

16mo., 110 unnumbered leaves (A–N8O6). Title in red and black with woodcut vignette portrait of Hübner. Browning, bottom outer corner of first few leaves a bit ragged and thumbed at bottom outer corner, wormhole affecting one word on verso of title-page, and a word on recto and verso of A2 (still readable), going through interlinear blank of A3, paper repair to outer margin (blank) of A8, small further tear to title-page, leading off wormhole. Bound in nineteenth-century red blind-stamped calf, gilt, marbled endpapers. Early inscription on title-page of Leonardus Sigismundus ?Sternberg. Overall a good copy.

The author of this recipe book appears to have been a physician, fl. 1578–1593, who also published on medical practice. The present book is by far his rarest title, and we have only located two copies of this book, in this edition only (Library of Congress and University of Chicago). The bibliographer Georges Vicaire (see below) had a copy of a 1603 edition, not otherwise known.

Not in Adams or BMC/STC German. Not in Brunet. Not in Simon, ‘Bibliotheca gastronomica’ or ‘Bibliotheca bacchica’, not in Krivatsky. Vicaire ‘Bibliographie gastronomique’ 448 (1603 edition). See OCLC WorldCat and RLG for the copies referred to above. No further copies listed in VD16.

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