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A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF MODERN WINES. (The first book in English that deals exclusively with modern wines)
London, Whittaker, Treacher, & Arnot, 1833.. FIRST EDITION 1833, 8vo, approximately 220 x 140 mm, 8¾ x 5½ inches, vignette on title page and interesting pictorial headpieces (third to half page), 2 small tailpieces, pages: xxxv, 407 including index, bound by Bayntun (Riviere) of Bath in modern half dark blue morocco over blue cloth sides, gilt dividing lines, raised gilt bands, gilt motif in 4 compartments with double gilt ruled borders, gilt lettered in 2 compartments, top edges gilt, pink marbled endpapers. Spine slightly faded, gilt bright, small faint mark at fore-edge of upper cover, a few fox spots to endpapers and prelims, very faint on title page, pencil name and date 1945 on second blank endpaper, very faint private library ink stamp on reverse of title page, otherwise a near Fine tight clean copy. The book deals with viticulture and the manufacture of wine, the superiority of French wines, wines of the rest of Europe including Greece, plus briefly Persia and the East, Africa and America and finally adulteration of wines and spirits. Gabler, Wine into Words, page 221, G33940: "This is the first book in English that deals exclusively with modern wines. It was an immense success and required a second edition in 1836, a third in 1851... As a reference for information about wines of the late 18th and early 19th centuries that are still produced today, there is nothing better in the English language." MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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