Title: De Honesta Voluptate et Valetudine
Author: Sacchi, Bartolomeo (il Platina)
Publisher: Eucharii Cervicorni
Year published: 1537
Place of Publication: Coloniae
Book Condition: Very Good
Size: Small 8vo
Notes: Bap. Platinae Cremonensis, De honesta voluptate et valetudine libri decem. Cum indice gemino, rerum pariter ac uerborum ita locuplete, ut momento, quod velis, invenias. Coloniae ex offina Eucharii Cervicorni, M. D. XXXVII. , 232,  p. Small 8vo. Recased in contemporary vellum with new endpapers added, red painted edges, hand-written ex libris autograph, marginalia and underlining in contemporary hand, slight waterstain to pages and binding. Otherwise a very good, tight copy. The ‘first cookbook’, its author, Bartolomeo Sacchi (1421-1481), known as il Platina or Bartolomeo Platina, was an Italian Renaissance humanist thinker and gastronomist in service of the Gonzaga court at Mantua and popes Pius II and Sixtus IV (the latter of whom in 1475 made him Vatican librarian). The De honesta voluptate et valetudine was written ca. 1465 and first appeared in print in the early 1470s in Rome, after which it went through many re-editions through the first half of the sixteenth century. This is a rare example of the 1537 reprint of the Cologne edition published in 1529.