Esteemed edition of one of the most original works of 16th century Italian literature, illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and 25 copper-engraved figures in the text.
A defrocked monk and poet, a beggar and a street singer, Teofilo Folengo (1491-1544) is the creator of the macaronic genre, a narrative that mixes kitchen Latin and Tuscan dialect, Italian swear words and popular turns of phrase. The title of the book, which can be translated as macaroni presented to the public by the cook Merlin, gave its name to this literary genre.
A very fine copy in red morocco by Padeloup, coming from the poetic library of Charles Nodier, with his bookplate.
The bibliophile has added, at the end of the volume, 3 pages in his own hand containing a text by Folengo extracted from the edition of 1521