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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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Whisky Galore - Compton MacKenzie

1947 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition
Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast

It's 1943, and the war has brought rationing to the Hebridean Islands of Great and Little Todday. When food is in short supply, it is bad enough, but when the whisky runs out, it looks like the end of the world. Morale is at rock bottom. George Campbell needs a wee dram to give him the courage to stand up to his mother and marry Catriona. The priest, the doctor, and, of course, the landlord at the inn are all having a very thin time of it. There's no conversation, no jollity, no fun, until a ship-wreck off the coast brings a piece of extraordinary good fortune.

‘The genre of Scotch whisky fiction is not an expansive one, and would barely make a credible Mastermind specialist subject, but one title stands out above all others in terms of its profile with both aficionados and the general public. That title is Whisky Galore’ – Gavin D. Smith,
Famous Whisky Drinkers, (ScotchWhisky.com).

‘Compton Mackenzie's timeless text is a triumph. Inspired by the real events of 1941, when a cargo ship ran aground in the channel between Eriskay and South Uist, Whisky Galore is the gentle, comical story of how the booty on board became appropriated by a group of Scottish islanders. ‘ -
100 Best Scottish Books of All Time, The List.  
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The Lady's Assistant for Regulating and Supplying her Table, Being a Complete System of Cookery - Charlotte Mason

1777 - J. Walter, London - Third Edition
‘Mrs Mason's lucidly composed English makes her delightful recipes as easy to follow today as they were in the eighteenth century, enabling the adventurous modern cook to re-create the extraordinary food of the Age of George III without a great deal of difficulty. Her fascinating bills of fare are invaluable to historians of food and dining for the insight they afford into the mores of Georgian table service.'

An important but much neglected eighteenth century cookery book. Unusually, the table settings show layouts for more ordinary households as well as affluent ones, and the recipes follow this pattern.

A particularly clean copy, scarce in the early editions (only five existing copies of the first and second edition are recorded).
 
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Traité Théorique et Pratique du Travail des Vins. Leurs propriétés, leur fabrication, leurs maladies. Fabrication des Vins Mousseux - Edme-Jules Maumene

1874 - G. Masson, Paris - Deuxième Édition, Entièrement Refondue.
An influential and fundamental work in the history of Champagne production, by a pioneering industry chemist and Professor at Reims. In addition to the production of sparkling wines, and a lengthy study on the affects of sugar, this work deals with the properties of wine, manufacture, and their diseases. Also included are descriptions of the efforts made by other chemists, and a bibliography. This work appeared for the first time in 1858 under the title ‘Indications Théoriques et Pratiques sur le Travail des Vins’.

An internally fine unopened and uncut copy with illustrations and tables throughout.

Maumene was intrigued by the large number of exploding bottles, a problem that in some years affected over 60% of bottles in the mid-nineteenth century as Champagne houses battled to produce sufficient
mousse to produce a good champagne. It had been supposed that the excess CO2 produced by the addition of too much sugar was the culprit, however Maumene, evaluating this ‘mousse-power’ by measuring the pressure of the CO2 inside the bottle, discovered that different wines produced different amounts of CO2 despite having the same amounts of sugar added.

Building on this work, by the end of the 19th century, Emile Manceau of Moet et Chandon, successfully reduced the breakage of 8-10 percent to 1 percent, and produced some pretty good Champagne to boot.
 
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1918 - Berkeley Unit Council of Defence Women's Committee, Press of the Courier - Third Edition
'Food will win the war.

A collection of recipes promoting food conservation, compiled by the Mobilized Women's Organisation of Berkeley, and including methods for 'Clam Chowder', 'Chicken Pie', 'Enchilada Eggs','Turnips a la Berkeley', and 'Angel Cake', among many others. The final 29 pages include advertisements, measurement and substitute guide, index, and blank pages for recipes.
 
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Healths Improvement: or, Rules Comprising and Discovering The Mature, Method, and Manner of Preparing all sorts of Food Used in this Nation. - Thomas Muffett (Moffett), Christopher Bennet

1655 - Printed by Tho: Newcomb for Samuel Thornton, at the sign of the white Horse in Pauls Churchyard
Written by that ever Famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick: Corrected and Enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and Fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London.

Scarce first edition of this posthumous work, which André Simon said was “probably compiled about 1595. Some chapter headings will give an idea of the scope of this work, which is composed throughout in a gossipy and very readable style. ‘
What Diet is’. ‘How it is to be chosen’. ‘Of Meats’. ‘Of the flesh of tame beasts’. ‘Of the flesh of wild fowl’ . . .”

From the collection of noted bibliophile and perfectionist, Brent Gration-Maxfield, with his neat pencil annotation to the front.

See page 154, where Muffett describes the flying fish he was shown by his friend Sir Francis Drake.
 
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De Arte Bibendi, Arte Jocandi, Artis Amandi, Dansandi; Meretricum fides: aliaque faceta. - Vincentius (Vincent) Obsopoeus ( Heydnecker )

1648 - Typographia Rediviva, Leiden
Contemporarily bound example of this little Rake’s Vade Mecum, containing all a 17th century gentleman about town needed to know.

Beginning with Obsopoeus’ ‘Drinking without getting drunk’, and continuing with numerous important texts such as ‘Practising the Art of Love’, ‘The Art of Amusing Conversation’, ‘Faithful lovers of harlots’; ‘Elogy of a Drunkard’, ‘Rules of Dancing’, and an essay titled ‘Fornicators, gamblers and drunkards have the worst problems: Explained’.

‘This volume, rare and beautifully produced, from the presses of Abraham Commelin, whose mark is on the title page.’ -
Willems. 
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