Lyon: Jacob Giunta, 1541. 8vo, pp. [viii], 199. Printed in Gothic letter, double column, title in red and black within ornate naturalistic border, elaborate initials in several sizes throughout. Some intermittant contemporary underlining, margins a little close but a perfectly acceptable copy in later polished sheep. Durling 2034; Baudrier VI, 194; this edition not in BM, STC fr; Vicaine; Oberle, Osler , Bitting nor Adams; not in Heirs of Hypocrates. OCLC locates 3 copies only (Y, NLM, UUK). Item #20749
The principal work of Gazius (1449-1528), an Italian physician who acquired considerable fame and fortune in his profession. A guide to healthy living, dealing with such topics as sleep, exercise, sex, hygiene and drugs. Essentially, however, it is a treatise on diet with an emphasis on the qualities and properties of a great number of foods (including their cooking and preparation.) There is a great deal about drinking, drinks and especially wines. Although this was a popular rather than scholarly work, it does synthesize little known Jewish and Arabic teachings about food with more common western texts. "Important Traite de Dietetique et d'hygiene d'un celebre medcin de Padove qui connaissant et aimait le vin. Les chapitres 42 a 63 sont consacrees au choix des aliments et de boissons. L'auteur consacre une importante partie de son ouvrage au vin, a l'art de boire, et a une etude approfondie de la soif humaine"[Simon, Bibl. Bacchica 283].