Item #1156 Dissertazione sopra il quesito se vi siano mezzi opportuni di migliorare I vini Mantovani. Eraclio Landi.
Dissertazione sopra il quesito se vi siano mezzi opportuni di migliorare I vini Mantovani.
An Essay on Refining the Wines of Mantua and Creating Sustainable Varieties that will Withstand Transport by Sea

Dissertazione sopra il quesito se vi siano mezzi opportuni di migliorare I vini Mantovani.

Mantova: Per l’Eredi di Alberto Pazzoni, Regio-Ducale Stampator, 1781. Item #1156

Large 8vo.  280 x 200 mm., [11 x 8 inches].  74 pp.  Illustrated with a large printer’s ornament on the title-page.  Bound in modern stiff, green decorated boards, new endpapers; some minor soiling to margins but otherwise a very nice copy, printed on very good paper with large margins.  The initials  “GM” are embossed on the lower cover, perhaps the initials of the papermaker for the decorative wrappers.


Rare first and only edition of Eraclio Landi’s study of the wines of Mantua, an ancient city in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.  Adopting scientific criteria and referring in particular to wine chemistry, Landi carefully describes the various wines of Mantua: its characteristics, its quality, the fermentation process used, as well as the market for the wines.  Included isa description of fourteen different grapes that can be cultivated in this region of Italy.  There is also a section on how to conserve the wines and to transport and export them by sea.


The work was written for presentation to the Reale Accademia  di Scienze, e Belle Lettere di Mantova, and academic society, which was founded by Maria Terese, Empress of Austria in 1768.  Landi was a Franciscan from Siena who was appointed by the Austrian government to be the royal agrarian inspector in Milan and the surrounding area.


Vittorio Niccoli, Saggio Storico e Bibliografico della Agricoltura Italiano, p, 546.  Maria Paleari Henssler, Bibliografia Latino-Italiana di Gastronomia, p. 413.  OCLC cites one copy in North America at U C Davis and two locations at the British Library.  Not cited in NUC. 

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Price: $4,750.00

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