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Woodcut printer’s device on title. 8 p.l., 8 vo, cont. limp vellum (rubbed, two tiny holes in blank portion of title). First edition of this strange encyclopaedic work. The author became a Protestant and took refuge in London where Giordano Bruno mentions him as having had his leg broken by the buffeting of a rough English crowd. This work, like Camillo’s Teatro, aims to relate the whole scheme of the physical world and human knowledge to a given place so that everything could be understood and memorized. In the classification involved in this ambitious undertaking we are in fact given an extraordinary insight into the life of the time. A section is devoted, amongst a myriad similar, to music and musical instruments, these divided again into Da Fiato and A Mano: after several further subdivisions stringed instruments are divided into lists of those with metal strings and those with gut strings, subdivided again according to the mothod of playing. Every field of human activity, the trades, professions and household activities are similarly treated--children’s and adult games, wine, cooking, perfumery, vegetables, herbs and flowers, to name but a fraction of the large number of subjects that give such a good picture of the life of the time.
Jan. 1, 1561 through Dec. 31, 1561
MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Book; LENGTH: 552 pp.; QUANTITY: 1
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