RERUM MEMORABILIUM SIVE DEPERDITARUM. Guido Panciroli.
RERUM MEMORABILIUM SIVE DEPERDITARUM
RERUM MEMORABILIUM SIVE DEPERDITARUM

RERUM MEMORABILIUM SIVE DEPERDITARUM

Frankfurt: Heirs of G. Schoenwetter, 1660. Hardcover. A handsome copy of Panciroli’s encyclopaedic history of ancient and modern arts and technology. The first part treats the arts and techniques of antiquity, including papyrus, roads, statues, libraries, labyrinths, the pyramids, tombs, obelisks, dress and accessories such as the fibula, wine, slavery, Roman writing and writing surfaces, equitation, hunting and food production, and the performing arts, including music, musica muta (pantomime), and stagecraft. Part II, on inventions unknown to the ancients, opens with a long section on the New World, discussing its discovery, the effects of the encounter on the natives (venereal disease tops the list), American crops and products including sassafras, plantains, and many other fruits and herbs, with their uses by the Native Americans. Other sections are devoted to the history of printing in China and Europe, papermaking, sugar, alchemy, porcelain, time-pieces, bells, ciphers and codes, glasses, silk-weaving, tournaments and jousts, and watermills. "Pancirollo’s work is interesting, not only as giving some notion of the state of knowledge as to the history of invention in his time, but as displaying the attitude of scholars towards the practical arts of the ancients" (John K. Ferguson: Book of Secrets). Edited by Heinrich Salmuth, with an engraved title after Sebastian Furck. Provenance: Duke August of Brunswick-Luneburg, bookplate and printed shelf number 57; Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, library and withdrawal stamps on verso of the title page. Quarto. Two parts in one: [8], 349, [23]; 313, [17] p. Contemporary ivory vellum over pasteboard, title gold lettered on the spine, edges red-sprinkled. Neat small repair to the title, with a small hole in f3 costing a few letters. Occasional slight browning intrinsic to paper; but overall in especially fresh condition. Very good. Item #66662

Price: $750.00

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