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The Independent Liquorist; or, The Art of Manufacturing and Preparing; All Kinds of Cordials, Syrups, Bitters, Wines, Champagne, Beer, Punches, Tinctures, Extracts, Essences, Flavorings, Colorings, Worcestershire Sauce, Club Sauce, Catsups, Pickles, Preserves, Jams, Jellies, Etc., Etc.
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1886. Hardcover. Very good +. Duodecimo size, 206 pp. Early reprint, ca. 1886, of a recipe book for all manner of beverages and sauces, useful "for the trade" as well as "for family or medicinal purposes". First published in 1866, this second printing seemingly more scarce than the first; OCLC records 22 copies of the 1866 edition and only two of this ca. 1886 printing; seemingly scarce in the marketplace, with no auction records according to our research. The author, in his introduction, states that he "served seven years under the instructions of the late V.J. Moner, the well-known liquorist, chemist, and botanist". Mr. Monzert collected "useful knowledge or information" and, in 1858, conceived the idea of writing this book. He experimented with many of the recipes himself, mixing ingredients at times to his own physical danger; during one such experiment the glass bottles he was using grew hot and exploded, "setting fire to the room and furniture and burning his face and hands in a terrible manner". He eventually established himself as a wine merchant in the Bowery, New York, "where he got with great success, until the breaking out of the late rebellion [i.e., the Civil War], when he, as well as many others, became bankrupt, on account of the inability of the South to meet its liabilities" (N.B., quotes from book's introduction). A fascinating book, with chapters on alcoholic drinks, colorings, foods including ice cream, and many others - we even spotted a recipe for a gin cocktail that sounds remarkably like today's martini. Of especial interest are the items in the Appendix, including "Perfect Love Elixir" and "Remedy for wind in the veins".___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rust coloured pebbled cloth, both boards with publisher's device blind-embossed and single rectangular ruled border, spine with elaborate gilt lettering, publisher's device and rules, the table of contents listing each item by its recipe number (not page number); duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [1-iii], iv-xvii, [xviii], 1-193, blank [194], [12 pp.] publisher's ads.___CONDITION: Overall very good plus to near fine, with clean binding, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the corners only gently bumped and with minimal rubbing, the endpapers have toned but the text pages are clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; a hint of wear to the joints and some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, there are a few places where the guttars are beginning to crack but the text block remains solid; a clean, handsome copy.___CITATION: OCLC: 30551793.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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