Book submission: Animadversiones In Athenaei Deipnosophistas

Title: Animadversiones In Athenaei Deipnosophistas
Author: Casaubonum, Isaacum, Schweighaeuser, Iohannes
Publication date: Argentorati (Strasbourg), 1805
Library: NYU Bobst Library
Call number: PA3937 .C3 1801 t. 1-9
Submitted by: Connor Gaudet
The seal embossed on this beautiful calfskin binding translates into English as “Seal of W. W. Baron Grenville, Chancellor of the University of Oxford.” Evidently this 9 volume set came from the library of the Right Honorable Lord William Wyndham Grenville. Grenville served as Prime Minister of England from 1806-1807 and head of the humbly named national unity government, the Ministry of All the Talents, formed during the War of the Fourth Coalition. Grenville must have purchased the set (or at least had them bound) sometime between 1810 and his death in 1834, during which time he served as the Chancellor of Oxford University.

MUCH, much later, the books fell under the care of Swedish chef and co-founder of Sweden’s “Gastronomic Academy,” Tore Wretman. Wretman passed away in 2003, though it cannot be determined if Bobst acquired the volumes before or after this date by the information offered by the books themselves.

One of the volumes was checked out just this past year. It’s amazing and wonderful to consider that after more than two centuries of existence, this book is still being made use of. I can’t think of very many practical objects manufactured in 1805 that have the same usefulness and relevance today as they did at the time of their creation.