HUBNER, Bartholomäus

HUBNER, Bartholomäus. New speisebüchlein: darinnen kurtzer unterricht von essen und trincken, auch von allerley speisen und getranck, so zur menschlichen nahrung dienlich und bey den Teutschen vornemlich in täglichem gebrauche sind, sampt vielen guten hausartzneyen den einfältigen zu gut angezeigt wird.

Erfurt, Johann Beck, 1588.

£ 8,000

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. A-N8 O6. Gothic letter, a little Roman. Capital spaces with printed guide-letters, tailpiece. Title in red and black with woodcut vignette portraying the author. Small tear at gutter of title page with partial loss of three letters on verso. Lower page corners slightly worn (ragged and thumbed) at first quire, repair of A8 lower corner. Browning, wormhole affecting one word on verso of title page, and a word on recto and verso of A2 (still readable), going through interlinear blank of A3, small further tear to title page, tiny wormhole from F4 to the end of the book, only occasionally affecting text. Bound in a fine modern blind-stamped red morocco, gilt, marbled endpapers. Early inscription on title page of “Leonardus Sigismundus ?Sternberg”. A good copy.


Scarce. The author of this very rare recipe book appears to have been a physician, mathematician and poet, fl. 1578–1593, who also published on medical practice. He opposed Paracelsus and his theories. Through USTC and WorldCat, we could only locate less than a dozen copies in Europe, the majority of which in German public libraries.


For a short biography of the author, see Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexicon, 1750, Vol. 2, p. 1747. USTC 677143. VD16 H 5669. Not in Adams or BMC/STC German. Not in Brunet. Not in Simon, ‘Bibliotheca gastronomica’ or ‘Bibliotheca bacchica’, not in Krivatsky.