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A History of Champagne - Henry Vizetelly

1882 - Vizetelly & Co., London - First Edition
An absolutely superb example of this remarkable work that traces the history of champagne and it’s wine over 1,800 years. Strikingly illustrated with 350 engravings, including numerous illustrations from ancient manuscripts and 200 original sketches made under the author's supervision. With folding coloured lithograph map showing the vineyards of Champagne. In the publishers elegant gilt pictorial cloth binding.

The first part of the book is historical, champagne from its origins, its progress in the 14th century, the 17th, 18th, the conflict between Burgundy and Champagne, champagne in England. The second part describes the various vineyards, viticulture, manufacturing, large establishments of Reims, d'Epernay, Pierry, Ay, Mareuil, Avize and Rilly. Part three talks about the other sparkling wines of France: Saumur, Vouvray, Sauterne, Bourgogne, Jura, Rhone, concluding with
Facts and Notes Respecting Sparkling Wine. To the rear are advertisements from producers such as Moët et Chandon, Deutz & Geldermann, and Vizetelly's catalogue of other published works.  
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Fifteen-Thirty: The Story of a Tennis Player - Helen Wills

1937 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
Charlie Chaplin was once asked what he considered to be the most beautiful sight that he had ever seen. He responded that it was "the movement of Helen Wills playing tennis.

A delightful book by one of Tennis’ all time great female players, once described as ‘the first American born woman to achieve international celebrity as an athlete’. Illustrated throughout with drawings and sketches of the author.

Helen Wills [1905-1998] - 31 Grand Slam titles, eight at Wimbledon, seven at the U.S. Championships, two Olympic gold medals. From 1919 through 1938 she produced the amazing statistic of 398 matches won to 35 lost, this included a 158 match winning streak during which she did not lose a set.
 
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