E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The pseudonym of Rabelais in his Gargantua and Pantagruel. Alcofribas Nasier is an anagram of François Rabelais. The introduction runs thus: The inestimable life of the great Gargantua, father of Pantagruel, heretofore composed by M. Alcofribas, abstractor of the quint-essence, a book full of pantagruelism.