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The Whole Art and Trade of Husbandry - Conrad [Konrad] Heresbach, Barnaby Googe

1614 - Printed by T.S. for Richard More, London
An early 400 year old English translation of this important and popular agricultural treatise, with noted sections on wine.

Finely bound, and illustrated with six woodcut decorations to head of page and six decorated letters.

‘Homer giveth the chiefest prayse to the Wine of Maronia, and Pramnium. Virgill most commendeth Rhentish wine: others the wine of Aminia, Lamentana, Candy, and Corsega, but I meane to speake of those that are commonly in our dayes. In Italy this day they make most account of wine of Corsega, Romani, and Meysina. In Spaine the best esteeme the wine of S. Martine, of Ribodari, and Giberalter. In France the greatest praise is given to the wine of Orleans, Aniuo, and Greues: Germanie began but of late to meddle with planting of Vines, for Varro writeth, that the Frenchmen and the Germanes had in his time both Wines and Dliues: but at this day the Rhine, the Necker, the Mene, Mosel, and Danaw, may compare with any Countries, for goodneise of their wines.’ (Leaf 75).

Written by the German Konrad Heresbach (1496-1576) and first published in 1570, André Simon mentions that the popularity of this work in England was due to ‘an excellent English translation, with a number of interesting commentaries, by one named Barnaby Googe’. For wine see leaf 74 onwards under ‘
of the ordering of Orchards’. 
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transition stories – Twenty-three Stories from ‘transition’ - Eugene Jolas, Robert Sage (editors)

1929 - Walter V. McKee, New York - First Edition
‘It is necessary to break up the word, to construct an organic world of the imagination, and to give life a changed and spontaneous reality.’ – Eugene Jolas, from his preface

The first collection of stories from avant-garde, inter-war literary journal,
transition, featuring works by Kay Boyle, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, Eliiot Paul, and Philippe Soupault, together with segments of James Joyce’s then-unfinished novel, Finnegan’s Wake, published here as ‘A Muster from Work in Progress.’

Founded in 1927 in Paris by poet Eugene Jolas (himself aided by expatriate bookseller Sylvia Beach and ‘lost generation’ bon vivant Harry Crosby),
transition ran until the spring of 1938. In that 11 years and 27 issues – its experimental bent always unapologetically overt – the journal amassed an astounding pool of works by a trans-national cadre of writers, Surrealists, political activists, Dadaists, critics, and artists including Samuel Beckett, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, William Carlos Williams, Juan Gris, Man Ray, Dylan Thomas, Joan Miró, and Paul Bowles, among many others, and as such, publishing for the first time some of the most linguistically and visually innovative art of the modern era. 
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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám - Omar Khayyám, Richard Le Gallienne

1925 - Dodd, New York - A New Edition with Fifty added Quatrains
Awake ! my soul, and haste betimes to drink,
This sun that rises all too soon shall sink,–
Come,come, O vintner, ope thy drowsy door !
We die of thirst upon the fountains brink.

A fine John Grabau binding of the Persian poem of life, by the renowned 11th century philosopher, poet, mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyám, paraphrased by Richard Le Gallienne.
 
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Atlas de la France Vinicole - III. Les Vins du Côte du Rhône - with - V. Les Vins des Côteaux de la Loire, Touraine et Centre - Louis Larmat

1943 - Louis Larmat, Paris - First Editions
Two large folios (49.5x33cm) of this beautifully detailed and produced work, rare to find in the publisher’s original coloured embossed wrappers in such fine condition.

The text is generally in French, with portions also translated into English, German and Italian.

Each folio contains four large folding colour maps,
Côte du Rhône is illustrated with eight woodblock prints, Côteaux de la Loire is illustrated with twenty five black and white photographs and eleven coats of arms. 
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Atlas de la France Vinicole - Les Vins de Bordeaux - Louis Larmat

1949 - Editions L. Larmat, Paris - Number 87 of a limited 100 ‘Hors Commerce’ copies printed on ‘Vélin Supérieur des Papeteries Aussedat’
First and Limited Edition of this entirely new and expanded work, large format and finely bound, with the publisher’s original card wrappers bound in, beautifully detailed and produced on handmade paper.

With text in French, English, German and Italian, heavily illustrated with fifty back and white plates, nineteen colour maps (six large folding, eight full-page, 3 half-page, 2 quarter-page) showing - Les vins de Bordeaux, Haut Médoc, Médoc , Graves, Cérons, Sauternes et Barsac, Saint Emilion - General, Saint Emilion - Specific, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol & Néac, Fronsac, Loupiac & Ste. Croix-de-Mont & St. Macaire, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Entre-deux-Mers et Gravesde Vayres et Ste. Foy-Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, and Premières Côtes de Blaye. Numerous vignettes throughout. (Previously published in 1941 with 8 maps and fewer photographs).

‘Contributors include the heads of the various professional, merchant and broker organizations connected with the wines of Bordeaux, and other leading lights, such as the Marquis de Lur-Saluces and Georges Portmann, president of the Association of Medical Friends of Wine.’ [Vineana]
 
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Atlas de la France Vinicole - Les Vins de Bourgogne - Louis Larmat

1953 - Editions L. Larmat, Paris - Number 371 of a limited 700 copies printed on ‘Velin D’Art L.H.D.’
First and Limited Edition of this new expanded work, large and finely bound, beautifully detailed and produced on handmade paper.

Containing eleven colour maps (four large folding, three full-page, four half-page), seventy six black and white photographs, and numerous vignettes throughout (Previously published in 1942 with 5 maps and fewer photographs).

Containing eleven colour maps: Les Vins de Bourgogne (Carte Générale); Chablis Grand Cru – Chablis; La Côte de Nuits (4-page foldout); La Côte de Beaune (4-page foldout); Rully & Mercurey (2 maps on one page); Montagny & Givry (2 maps on one page); Le Mâconnais – Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché, Pouilly-Vinzelles (all on one map); Le Beaujolais (foldout); Le Beaujolais: St. Amour, Juliénas-Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie / Chiroubles – Morgon / Côte de Brouilly – Brouilly (3 maps on one foldout)

Much of the text consists of statistical tables for each wine area. Short essays introducing major areas are in English, German and Italian, as well as French. Among the contributors are Camille Rodier on the Côte de Nuits and J. Mommesin on the Mâconnais
 
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Atlas de la France Vinicole - Tome IV. Les Vins de Champagne - Louis Larmat

1944 - Louis Larmat, Paris - First Edition
Beautiful and finely bound large format folio, profusely illustrated with colour maps, chart, photographs and vignettes, with descriptions and history of the Champagne areas, text in French apart from the preface which is also in English, German and Spanish.

Containing seven large colour folding maps of: Champagne (size 100x52cm); Montagne de Reims; Vallée de la Marne; La Cote des Blancs; Vallée de la Marne et L’Aisne (100x42cm); Montagne de Reims & Vallée de L’Ardre; Vignobles du Bar-Séquanais et du Bar-Sur-Aubois (62x40cm).

The large folding chart in colour shows the annual production of Champagne between 1844-1942, colour coded with the quality of each Vintage from
Trés Bon to Trés Mauvais. In addiiton to the chart and maps are twelve full page illustrations, some from photographs, and numerous vignettes throughout. 
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The Call of the Wild - Jack London

1903 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition, First Issue
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and . . . he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest

A fresh first edition of Jack London's best and most enduring work, with little of the usual rubbing to the boards. Illustrated with eleven full page colour plates, including frontispiece with tissue-guard, five in-text colour illustrations, and numerous full page and in-text single tint decorations and illustrations, by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, decorations by Charles E. Hooper.

‘What projects
The Call of the Wild towards immortality is London's urgent and vivid style, and his astonishing identification with the world he's describing’ - The Guardian Newspaper (2014), 100 best novels. 
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