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    Sale 2140 | Lot 6
    Price Realized: $192,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2140 Lot 6

      EDITIO PRINCEPS, IN CONTEMPORARY GREEK-STYLE BINDING ATHENAEUS. Deipnosophistarum. Greek text; edited by Marcus Musurus. 38, [2], 294, [2] pages, including blank b10 and final leaf with Aldine device. Folio, 332x216 mm, contemporary Greek-style binding of morocco over wooden boards, covers blind-tooled to panel design with frame of repeating square ornamental tools enclosing 2 vertically arranged lozenges of repeating volutes on covers, front cover additionally gilt-stamped ATHENAIOS in Greek at top, flat spine divided by false bands into 5 compartments containing intersecting diagonal fillets, cover corners worn through, bottom of spine worn, small hole in rear joint, surface of rear cover abraded, catches and clasps lacking; foxing mainly at beginning and end, few leaves browned, minor worming in blank lower margins. 17th-century ownership inscription (in Greek) of Antonio Nardi; 18th-century signature of Pascual Sauli. (Venice: Aldine press, 1514)

      Estimate $15,000 - 25,000

      first edition of a work dating from the early 3rd century A.D. describing a series of imaginary banquets at which scholarly guests discuss a wide variety of subjects with a particular emphasis on food and wine. The book is a rich source of information on ancient Greek culinary practices and recipes, social customs, and sexual behavior, and contains extensive excerpts from older literary works now lost. Cagle 1110; Hoffmann I, 394; Renouard, page 67; Sarton I, 326-27.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $192,000