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[Recipes] - Androfilo Sannatele. Lo scudo ne giorni canicolari, che contiene diverse acq. concie, ad uso d' Androfillo Sannatéle. Anno 1658.

Probably Tuscany, 1658.

Small 4to (117 x 155 mm). Italian manuscript in black ink on paper. Title, blank leaf, (24) pp. Rebound in modern half leather.


Remarkable mid-17th-century Italian manuscript in the Tuscan dialect, entitled "Shield for the Dog Days" and containing a total of 29 numbered recipes for flavoured and perfumed waters to help the thirsty through the hottest days of summer. The recipes include "acque di Gelsumini" (Jasmine water), "acqua con fiori di melangoli" (water flavoured with blossoms of bitter oranges), "acqua di limoni" (lemonade), "acqua di foglie di cedro" (cedar leaf water), "acqua di fraule" (strawberry water), "acqua di Tubarosa" (tuberose water), but also cocoa drinks ("per far la cicolata") and coffee ("per far cafe"), etc. Also, a recipe "how to lend any water the colour of wine without changing its taste" ("per dare il colore di vino a qualsi vogl' acqua senza levarli il sapore"). The inventor of these recipes, who calls himself "Androfilo Sannatele", could not be identified; the name is likely a professional alias.

Some waterstaining and ink corrosion (loss of page numbers, otherwise well legible). A rare survival.

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