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[Binding. Macaronic Poetry. Martin, Louis]

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L'Eschole de Salerne En vers Burlesques. & Duo Poemata Macaronica; de bello huguenotico; Et de Gestis Magnanimi & Prudentissimi Baldi. Paris: n.p., 1651

12mo (5 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.; 134 x 74 mm). Woodcut armillary sphere on title, woodcut headpieces and decorative initials. 19th century blue-gray morocco, gilt tooled in a panel design with gilt floral spray in center, spine richly gilt, green silk place holder, dentelles, red morocco gilt doublure, edges gilt, by E. Niedrée with his stamp on endpaper; upper joint cracking.


Charles Nodier (bookplate) — Léopold Doublé (bookplate) — unidentified armorial bookplate — Henri Burton (bookplate)


E. Goldsmid, Bibliotheca Curiosa (1886), p. 41;

Catalogue Note

A very popular humorous treatment of health in a handsome binding.

The author of this burlesque was a seventeenth-century Parisian doctor, Louis Martin. Following in the footsteps of Merlin Coccaie and Scarron, he treats the health precepts attributed to the School of Salerno, in ten songs. The songs offer general advice on health, the air and food, the quality of food, the four seasons, dinner and dessert, herbs and vegetables, flowers and seeds; fruit, meat, and seasonal dishes. It is followed by the famous neo-Latin poem of Remy Belleau on the wars of religion, and a third on the deeds of "the most prudent Baldus."