Venice: Appresso Simone Occhi, 1748. 8vo. 182 x 137 mm. (7 ¼ x 5 inches). (viii), 196 pp. Ownership mark of “6 Kaiser’s Kaffeegeschaft”on half-title with corresponding coat-of-arms stamped on the title. Contemporary paste paper boards, showing some wear but sound and attractive.
First edition. Rare religious tract written by a Dominican theologian for the purpose of clarifying the use of chocolate during Lent and times of fasting.
The author describes the arrival of chocolate in Europe and its many uses in the kitchens of Italy’s northern cities. He then outlines the origins of the religious doctrine that regulate fasting and discusses the foods and beverages that are and are not allowed under law. Concina takes a decidedly conservative position on the use of chocolate and challenges the Jesuit notion that if chocolate is used in a beverage its properties are such that they are not in conflict with the rules regulation the fast. By the nature of its conflict with the Jesuits, the text is part of the anti-Jansenism dialogue that occupied so much of the theological debate in Italy during the 18th century.
Laternza II, p. 109. Not in Brunet or Bitting. OCLC cites no copies of this edition in American libraries, although there 13 copies of the second edition Venice, 1749, and the third edition printed Lucca, 1749 are listed. Item #89