Ebrietatis Encomium or The Praise of Drunkenness

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    Reprint from the London Edition of 1723.

    21cm x 14cm. [xvi], 189 pages, frontispiece. Full brown leather, gilt lettering, date panel, and top edge, blackened blind decoration to spine, triple panelled with decoration. Privately printed in an edition of five hundred copies and the type distributed, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    An endorsement of drinking, a lot, and a history of peoples and societies that enjoyed imbibing, primarily wine, but also of other liquors. Published under the name Boniface Oinophilus, now credited as a translation from the French of Albert Henri de Sallengre by Robert Samber. “Wherein is authentically, and most evidently proved, the necessity of frequently getting drunk; and that the practice of getting drunk is most Antient, Primitive, and Catholic. Confirmed by the example of Heathens, Turks, Infidels, Primitive Christians, Saints, Popes, Bishops, Doctors, Philosophers, Poets, Free Masons, and other Men of Learning in All Ages.”.

    Minor soiling. Some creasing to frontispiece tissue guard. Near Fine Condition.