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Libro de cozina.

Ruperto de NOLA (Author)

Jacobo Cromberger (Printer)

Origin: Seville, XVI c.
Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.

14,5 x 21 cm.
71+3 crd.
142+6 crd.
26th December 2003.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua X.
Numbered sheets from the second sheet to the last one such as ij - lxviij. Text in Spanish in yanked line. Gothic script in four font sizes. On the title page , the title can be seen inside a xylographical ornament made of four parts, illustrating the bottom part with an empty shield blank carried by lions. Initials engraved.

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Very little is known about the author of this text. It is believed that he was the cook of Alfonso I el Magnánimo (the magnanimous) and he was equally to his grandson Alfonso II, but it is not without doubt as to whether he existed, affirming that his name and his relationship to Fernando of Naples are ingenious inventions by the editor of the text, which were first seen in 1520 in Catalan.

The popularity of the work is shown by the many known editions not only in Catalan but in Spanish, and they show as without a doubt, to be one of the most interesting documents about old Catalan and Aragonese cookery. Many editions however, but by contrast, few known copies.

The best presentation of this book is in its own title, which the book says "de muchos potajes y salsas y guisados para el tiempo del carnal y de la quaresma; y manjares y salsas y caldos para dolientes de muy gran sustancia; y frutas de sarten; y maçapanes", sin olvidar los detalles relativos "al servicio y oficios de las casas de los reyes y grandes señores y cavalleros...", y todo tipo de "cosas... añadidas muy provechosas" (of many stews and casseroles for the time when you can eat meat and during Lent, delicious food and sauces, soups for ill people of great sustenance, pan fruits and marzipans, without forgetting the details relating to the service and jobs of the houses of Kings, great men and gentlemen and above all things that are good).

Without a doubt, let's enjoy them.


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
HBJ Regional & national history
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
JFCA Popular culture
JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
WBA General cookery & recipes
WBT Cookery by ingredient
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSEA Andalucia, Autonomous Community
1DSEJ Cataluña, Autonomous Community
2ADS Spanish
3JB c 1500 to c 1600