Doctrinal des bons serviteurs. DOCTRINAL.
A MEDIEVAL VERSE GUIDE FOR SERVANTS

Doctrinal des bons serviteurs.

s.l., s.n. c. 1525.

Small 8vo (134 x 93 mm.). [8]p. Gothic type (?86), title woodcut of two knights kneeling before a lady, a larger block of God with Angels and Virtues on the final verso.

Gilt citron morocco (Bauzonnet), decorative outer frame, corner fleurons, central medallion of partly pointillé tools around a rose, spine and red morocco label gilt, turn-ins and all edges gilt.

ON MANNERS, FOOD, DRINK and the vicissitudes of the lives of staff. Among other things, the help are urged to SCOFF THE GOOD BITS OFF THE MASTER’S PLATE AND CAUTIONED AGAINST CARDS, DICE AND THEFT. I have located three other Renaissance printings (none in the U.S.). Absent from the standard gastronomy bibliographies. Fine copy, bookplates of Ad. Audenet (1800-72) and Chas. Nodier (1780-1844; his Description (1844) 319 “Magnifique exemplaire”).
¶Brunet II: 781 (this copy); Bechtel, Les Gothiques français D-335/2; see Kelso’s Doctrine for the Lady of the Renaissance 287.

Item #06672

Price: $17,000.00