Extremely rare 18 century Italian book on bread

[Bread]. L'amico de' poveri che insegna il vero modo di fare il pan venale col quale possono arricchire i fornaj onesti, intelligenti, e pratici delle regole del loro mestiere, e possono dare un maggior peso di pane ottimo, ben lievitato, e ben cotto alla povera gente.

Florence, Domenico Marzi e Compagni per Luigi Carlieri, 1773.

Small 4to. 42 pp., final blank leaf. With an engraving in the text on p. 13 and a woodcut vignette on title-page. Contemporary boards (Italian carta rustica).


First edition of this exceedingly rare manual about bread, unrecorded in the standard bibliographies and in splendid condition, written to help bakers make an affordable and good quality bread for the poor. The anonymous author explains how to make different types of loaves by using various flours and how the stone-crushed wheat should be sifted rather than milled and then separated into different grades of flour with the help of a machine called "Il Buratto" (shown in the engraving).

A single copy in Italy (Biblioteca nazionale centrale, Firenze); WorldCat lists one further copy in the USA (University of Iowa). Another edition, similarly rare, appeared at Viterbo in the same year.

A clean and untrimmed, wide-margined copy preserving the deckle edges. Near-contemporary inscription "Pane" on upper cover, with early 20th century armorial bookplate of the marchese Piero Gerini (1874-1938) of Florence.

ICCU CFIE\038014. OCLC 953414960. Not in Kress or Goldsmiths', Westbury, Vicaire or Bitting.

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