First edition of the pioneering German zoologist and rector at University of Wittenberg Joannes Sperling's posthumous treatise on the characteristics and properties of fruits and tree nuts, as well as their medical and gastronomic uses. Sperling discusses lemons and limes, apples, citrons, hazelnuts and chestnuts, figs, cassis, olives, grapes, and many other fruits and the plants that produce them. The section on grapes includes an aside on wine, Quid de vino sciendum?, a kind of primer on the history of viticulture and the processes of winemaking. Sperling lists wines by type (classified by color: white, black, yellow, red, and gray), provides literary references, outlines gastronomic appeal and medical uses, and warns against the dangers of excessive consumption. Sperling mentions in particular the value of—and his preference for—-Rhine wines. Sperling died in 1658, and left many of his manuscripts to his favorite student, Georg Kirchmaier, then only 23. In 1661 Kirchmaier published a number of Sperling's writings, including the Carpologia, as well as his Zoologia, the work for which his name is most famously collocated. Two copies of our first edition in American libraries (Harvard and Penn), and one copy of the second edition of 1668 (Library of Congress).
Full title: Johannis SperlingI | VVitteb. quondam phyſ. P. P. | Clarisſimi, | Carpologia Phyſica Poſt- | huma, | Opuſculum utile ac jucundum: | nunc primùm prodiens | è | muséo | GeorgI Casp. Kirch- | MAIERI Phil. LLq; AA. M. atq[ue]; | Eloqv. Prof. Publ. | Ad privilegium Elect. Saxon. | [Decorative rule] | WITTEBERGÆ, | Impenſis Hæredum JOH. BERGERI, | Literis MICHAELIS Wendt. | Anno M. DC. LXI. [Wittenberg: Joannes Berger, 1661]
Wittenberg: Joannes Berger, 1661.
8vo, 156 x 69 x 18 mm (binding), 154 x 67 x 15 mm (binding). ):(4, A-O8, P4 (-P4, a blank); , 230 pp. Slightly later-than-contemporary mottled calfskin, full gilt back, titled in gilt on maroon sheepskin skiver lettering-piece: CARPO | LOGI. Upper joint cracked and lower joing starting at head, but hinges sound and board attachments solid; tail cap chipped; endpapers toned. Interior: Leaves browned throughout; dampstaining, more pronounced in first and last two gatherings.
Acquired by W. S. Cotter Rare Books from Julien Comellas, November 2021. Illegible French library stamps to front and rear endpapers.
Pritzel 8822. Not in Krivatsky or Vicaire.