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    First English Collected Edition of Alessio

    Alexis [Alessio] of Piedmont [attributed to Girolamo Ruscelli]. The secrets containing excellent remedies against diverse diseases, wounds, and other accidents, with the manner to make distillations, parfumes, confitures, dyings, colours, fusions, and meltings... Newly corrected and amended, and also somewhat inlarged in certaines places, which wanted in the first edition. London: Peter Short, for Thomas Wight, 1595. First English collected work of the first four parts, a fifth part was printed in 1615 in English. Quarto. A-2Z8. (12), 348, (28) pages. Woodcut printers device on title page. Contemporary calf, rebacked with original spine laid on, edges restored. Gilt title on red morocco label. Some minor worm holes to lower margins, light soiling, foxing and some ink stains. E2 old ink notes, H3 repair tape, no loss of text. Lacking leaves 204-209 replaced by manuscript in an old hand (seventeenth century). First published in Venice in 1556, this work ascribed to Alessio is one of the most famous recipe books. Still, a good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Alessio was in fact the creation of a Venetian writer called Girolamo Ruscelli, who later revealed that Alessio's secrets were discovered by a secret Neapolitan experimental academy of which he, Ruscelli, was a member while he lived in Naples a few years before Fioravanti arrived there in 1548. Later, in Venice, the two would meet up and become fast friends. The bond between these intellectual companions, founded on a mutual love of experiment for experiment's sake, was but one link in a Europe-wide network of researchers that made up the underworld of sixteenth-century science.

    This is the story of one of those 'professors of secrets' as told, in a fashion, by himself. In attempting to reconstruct his memory in the imaginary letter that frames this book, I rely on his writings, but when necessary I supplement his words with those of contemporaries."(The Charlatan's Tale: A Renaissance Surgeon's World By William Eamon). The assertion that Alessio was a creation is disputed by Ferguson.

    Ferguson I: 22. Ackerman IV: 978. Rosenthal 754. Caillet I: 178. STC 312. ESTC S114416.

    Alexis [Alessio] of Piedmont [attributed to Girolamo Ruscelli]. The secrets containing excellent remedies against diverse diseases, wounds, and other accidents, with the manner to make distillations, parfumes, confitures, dyings, colours, fusions, and meltings...Newly corrected and amended, and also somewhat inlarged in certaines places, which wanted in the first edition. London: Peter Short, for Thomas Wight, 1595. 4to. A-2Z8 (12), 348, (28)p. Contemporary calf, rebacked with original spine laid on, edges restored. Gilt title on red morocco label. Some minor worm holes to lower margins, light soiling, foxing and some ink stains. E2 old ink notes, H3 repair tape, no loss of text. Lacking leaves 204-209 replaced by manuscript in an old hand (17th c.). Woodcut printers device on title page. First English collected work of the first four parts. First English collected work of the first four parts, a fifth part was printed in 1615 in English.
    First published in Venice in 1556, this work ascribed to Alessio is one of the most famous recipe books. "The receipts are for the most part medical and pharmaceutical...Ó[Ferguson]
    According to the preface Alessio decided in his 83rd year to put down his knowledge after he experienced the death of a prospective patient because he was reluctant to share his secrets. "...the feeling of remorse was so strong...(he) resolved to make amends by revealing all he knew for the good of mankind."[Ferguson,Secrets,Pt III,34.] Ferguson disputes the assigning the book to Ruscelli (see his notes in Biblioteca Chemica,vol I,p22.
    " Alessio was in fact the creation of a Venetian writer called Girolamo Ruscelli, who later revealed that AlessioÕs secrets were discovered by a secret Neapolitan experimental academy of which he, Ruscelli, was a member while he lived in Naples a few years before Fioravanti arrived there in 1548. Later, in Venice, the two would meet up and become fast friends. The bond between these intellectual companions, founded on a mutual love of experiment for experimentÕs sake, was but one link in a Europe-wide network of researchers that made up the underworld of sixteenth-century science.
    This is the story of one of those Òprofessors of secretsÓ as told, in a fashion, by himself. In attempting to reconstruct his memory in the imaginary letter that frames this book, I rely on his writings, but when necessary I supplement his words with those of contemporaries."[The Charlatan's Tale:A Renaissance Surgeon's World "By William Eamon ]
    Ferguson I: 22, Ackerman IV: 978, Rosenthal 754, Caillet I: 178. STC 312, ESTC: S114416 Occult. Medicine. Secrets. Food. Wine. Alchemy. Chemistry. Science.



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