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Printed Cookbooks in Europe, 1470-1700

A Bibliography of Early Modern Culinary Literature

Henry Notaker

First edition. This is the first bibliography to list all known editions of printed cookbooks published in Europe before 1700. More than a hundred titles in at least 650 editions were printed in fourteen different languages. Some household encyclopedias with culinary sections have also been included. Many of the editions described have never before been listed in modern bibliographies.
Cookbooks from this period are no longer only of interest to collectors and antiquarians. Food history is taught as an academic subject in an increasing number of universities, and this bibliography will be a useful tool for students of culinary literature, as a source for the history of cuisine and food culture. Also, book and literary historians are turning their attention to different forms of non-fiction that had not been properly studied until now: practical handbooks and didactic "how-to" books, of which cookbooks are distinctive examples. Information provided here about the locations of known copies, modern reprints, and facsimile editions will facilitate these studies.
The bibliography gives the full title and physical description of each work. Annotations provide details about contents, biographical data about authors and publishers, information about the sources of the recipes, translations, and plagiarisms. A historical introduction analyzes the development of the cookbook as a genre during the first two centuries of printing, with reference to authorship, publishing history, didactic methods, culinary processes, and differences in gender.

Sailing for the East

History and Catalogue of Manuscript Charts on Vellum of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), 1602-1799


Günter Schilder and Hans Kok

The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) was for a period of 200 years responsible for the navigation material for the journey between the Netherlands and the Far East and the inter-Asian trade. In this book with the help of recovered archive materials a never published before overview is given of chart material that was used on a VOC-ship.
All navigation charts of the VOC in the 17th and 18th century, drawn on vellum (of which many were traced in foreign collections), are described and analysed in an illustrated cartobibliography. In a supplement extracts of the 'groot-journalen' of the 'Kamer Amsterdam' are published. These give an unique view of the total expenses of the VOC on navigation. The extensive introduction gives more information on the history of the VOC, the chart makers, the routes, the navigation and the instruments. Inlcudes CD-rom with appendices.
Volume 10 of the Utrecht Studies of the History of Cartography (EXPLOKART).

Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons

The Art of the Decorative Cartographic Titlepage

Rodney Shirley

This book aims to preserve and bring forward for wider appreciation the outstanding works of art that many engraved titlepages and frontispieces represent.
Over the time period covered by the present publication – roughly from the 1470s to the 1870s – very many printed books opened with an attractive decorative titlepage or frontispiece; sometimes both. In this book a limited selection has been made from the extremely wide field of known titlepages, mainly by a focus on subject matter which is primarily cartography, geography, history and topography, together with associated disciplines such as astronomy, travel and exploration. A selection of 100 main and approx. 70 supplementary entries adequately covers specimens of different styles, formats, and national characteristics over a four-hundred year time period from the late 15th century onwards. The choice of decorative titlepages or frontispieces includes examples emanating from Italy, Germany (including Switzerland and Austria), the Netherlands (including Flanders), France, Spain, England and some later examples published in the United States.


Marco van Egmond

The 18th century Dutch map trade could build on their reputation that originated from the Golden Age much longer than was assumed until now. The Amsterdam publishing company Covens & Mortier (1685-1866) has played an important part in this process. Most likely this company was the largest map trader of his days. Thousand of maps were brought almost industrially on the market by Covens & Mortier and all members of this firm were gifted with a great commercial talent.
This book offers an overview of the history of this important publishing company. It focuses on the cartographic stock of Covens & Mortier and the way that the publications were produced and distributed. It also informs you about the cartographic innovations which were introduced by this firm, and the importance of Covens & Mortier for the development of commercial cartography at home and abroad.

Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This book contains reproductions of the printers' and publishers' marks of all those – both Greeks and non-Greeks – who printed or published books for Greek readers from the dawn of typography until just before the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Their aim was to preserve the historical memory of the modern Greeks, to foster the use of the Greek language and to uphold the Orthodox faith. Also reproduced here are the crests and coats of arms of the rulers of the Danubian principalities who actively supported the publication and dissemination of Greek books in the East. Some of the devices are the marks of well-known printing houses where Greek scholars and calligraphers were largely responsible for he accuracy of the texts and the visual appearance of the book, such as the firms of Aldus Manutius in Venice and Robert Estienne in Paris.
All this printing and publishing activity, even if we limit it only to books containing printers' or publishers' marks, covered a vast area of the Western and Eastern worlds: the list of places where these books were produced includes Alcalá, Bucharest, Constantinople, Florence, Geneva, Jassy, Kefallonia, London, Milan, Moschopolis, Mount Athos, Paris, Rome, Venice and Vienna. The marks are illustrated and described in all their variant forms, complete with bibliographical references, identifications, a general index and an index of printers and printing houses.

Frans A. Janssen

This beautifull book gives an entertaining account of Dibdin's stay in Paris during his bibliographical tour through France and Germany. Frans Janssen describes the bibliohiles' visits to prominent representatives of the book world as Renouard, Brunet and Crapelet and their reactions to what he had to say and in reaction Dibdin's responses. Written by an expert on book collecting (Frans Janssen), skilfully translated into English (Harry Lake), designed and typeset by a famous Dutch designer (Piet Gerards) and printed and bound by the finest Dutch craftsmen in their field, this little book is a true jewel.

G. Lukacs

A detailed description of the accounts of two very important medical works, the impact of the contents in Japan and their significance worldwide. This work reveals many never noticed details, facts and relations and emphasizes again the importance of bibliographic research.
The contents will be of interest for specialists of Japanese culture, medical historians and readers who are interested in Japanese cultural history and who are interested in bibliographical research. The author, Dr. Gabor Lukacs has worked on this book for many years and he very thoroughly researched all the aspects he describes in this work. This book can deservedly be called a magnum opus.

Ruling the Waves

Emperor Maximilian I, the Search for Islands and the Transformation of the European World Picture, c. 1500


Harald Kleinschmidt

In this work Kleinschmidt is tracing the political implications of the transformation of the European world picture in the age of Emperor Maximilian I. It is relevant for Renaissance political and cultural history. At closer inspection Maximilian turns out to have been a crucial though much underestimated figure in the context of the changes of the world picture during his time. Not only was he continuously and persistently involved in activities through which these changes were provoked. He also issued and authorized the most comprehensive sources relevant to the impact that the changes of the world picture had on politics and international relations. This work describes the exploration travels around the world, ordered by Maximilian, among which were the Portuguese expeditions to Ethiopia and India.
The study proceeds chronologically in three parts, describing first (A) in brief the aspects of the emerging structure of territorial rule, concepts of universalism attached to the Roman Empire and the world picture during the Middle Ages, followed by part B which examines the changes of the world picture and Maximilian's role (the Portuguese and Spanish Expeditions) in it. The last section (C) surveys the emerging of the new world order, the transformation of the Roman Empire as an institution of universal rule and the consolidation of territorial politics during the first half of the sixteenth century.

The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem of the Austrian National Library, Volume VI

The Supplemental Volumes (Ergänzungsbände). Descriptive Catalogue of the Four Supplemental Volumes to the Atlas


A complete descriptive and illustrated catalogue of one of the largest and finest atlases ever assembled. Now housed in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, the 46-volume atlas is an expanded version of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior or 'Great Atlas', published in Amsterdam between 1660 and 1663. Though the core of the atlas consists of the several hundred maps issued by Blaeu, the original owner of the atlas, Laurens van der Hem (1621-1678), added other maps, views, and drawings of his own choice, including four volumes of manuscript maps of Africa and Asia made for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The practice of augmenting atlases was common in the seventeenth century, but few of these personalized atlases have survived the centuries. The catalogue in 7 volumes (plus a volume about the making of the facsimile) will include all the sheets in the atlas reproduced in black-and-white, with cartographical historical and arthistorical descriptions by P. van der Krogt and E. de Groot. Each volume will contain approximately 16 full-colour illustrations.

I. Spain, Portugal and France (vols. 1-8). 1996. With about 700 illustrations. 632 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 278 8
II. Italy, Malta, Switzerland and the Netherlands (vols. 9-17). 1999. With about 700 illustrations. 732 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 348 8
III. British Isles, northern and eastern Europe (vols. 18-24). 2002. With about 700 illustrations. 552 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 189 7
IV. German Empire, Hungary and Greece,including Asia Minor. Descriptive catalogue of the vols. 25-34 of the Atlas. 2004. Sm.folio. Cloth. With about 800 illustrations, including 16 in colour. 708 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 179 8
V. Africa, Asia and America, including the "Secret" Atlas of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Descriptive catalogue of volumes 35-46 of the Atlas. 2005. Sm. folio. Cloth. With about 700 illustrations, including 17 in colour. 640 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 199 6
VI. Descriptive catalogue of volumes 47-50 (E1-E4) of the Atlas and general indices. 2008. Sm. Folio. Cloth. With about 300 illustrations. Approx. 500 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 439 3
VII. Groot, E. de. The world of a seventeenth-century collector. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. 2006. Sm. folio. Cloth, with full colour dustjacket. With 150 black & white and 16 colour illustrations. 395 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 359 4
VIII. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. The history of the Atlas and the making of the facsimile. An accompanying publication with background information on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the production of the facsimile.
Cloth with full colour dust jacket. 244 pp. 137 full colour illustrations. ISBN 978 90 6194 300 6.

T. Laurentius and Frans Laurentius

The seventeenth century is an underrepresented period in the publications on watermarks. A growing demand in the fields of history and art history for exact dating of documents and artworks on seventeenth century paper was one of the main reasons for the authors to conduct research in this area. This book is based on the "Ingekomen Stukken" ("Received Pieces") of the Staten van Zeeland (States of Zeeland), carefully collected per year and preserved in the Zeeland Archives in Middelburg. In order to reproduce the watermarks in actual size, as was the case in volume 1600-1650, "soft X-ray" equipment developed by Dr. Jan van Aken (emeritus professor dental radiology of the University of Utrecht) was used.
With 1221 black and white and 7 full colour true size photographs and detailed descriptions Watermarks (1650-1700) Found in the Zeeland Archives gives together with the first volume ( Watermarks (1600-1650) Found in the Zeeland Archives) a long awaited overview of the watermarks and the types of paper that where available in The Netherlands in the 17th century.
An indispensable tool for all those who are interested in paper, economy, history and art-history.