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BROWN, Bob
Homemade Hilarity
Weston, VT: The Countryman Press,, 1938. Country Drinks. Both Hard & Soft. Single small octavo quire bound in yellow card wrappers printed in black with a vignette illustration, stapled at the fold. Wrappers very mildly creased, rubbed and marked, and just starting at the ends, but overall in very good condition. First edition, first printing, of this paean to bucolic alcoholism, celebrating "the days when Grandpappy was "dragged up" on dippersful of green whisky from the barrel in the harvest field". This short but sweet pamphlet includes recipes for home-made wines (elderberry, mulberry, gooseberry, quince, cowslip and dandelion), birch bark beer, cow's milk syllabub, whisky egg nogg, mead and more. This copy is inscribed by the author on the front wrapper verso, "Cousin Ethel, & some more, from Bob, at 3 1/2, January 1957." Bob Brown, an acquaintance of William Carlos Williams and Carl Sandburg, authored a number of other books including "Let there be Beer" (1932).
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