This rare manual contains
48 woodcut drawings that demonstrate the carving of fowl,
meats, and fruits. Each diagram—many with numbers
keyed to the text—corresponds to a written explanation
and serves as a guide or teaching aid.
A 17th-century representation
of the still-popular “how to” genre, the manual—like
anatomies and other books designed to function as tools
for learning or experimentation—takes advantage
of illustration to visually represent what the reader
is preparing to do.