Delle Specie diverse di Frumento e di Pane siccome della Panizzazione Memoria.

4 p.l., 237 pp., one leaf of register. Small 4to, cont. vellum over boards, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Florence: Stamperia Moücke, 1765.

First edition of what appears to be the first book on bread to be issued in Italy. Manetti (1723-85), was a physician, director of the botanical garden at Florence, and co-founder of the Academy of Georgofili, the first European agricultural academy. He corresponded with most of the leading scientists of Europe.

In this work, Manetti describes the different species of wheat and how to make bread from other flours, including corn, rye, and buckwheat and those obtained from legumes. The author also describes the different kinds of bread made in Italy and how to prepare them. There are interesting sections on Ethiopian and Egyptian breads. There is a chapter on the pests and diseases that can afflict stored grains such as molds and worms.

Fine copy. Faint stamp of the Rothamsted Experimental Station on front paste-down.

❧ Westbury, pp. 138-40–“This work precedes Parmentier’s ‘Parfait Boulanger’ by 13 years.”.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 6467

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