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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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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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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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SOLD - Wine in Peace and War - Evelyn Waugh, Rex Whistler (illustrator)

1947 - Saccone & Speed Limited, London - First Trade Edition [Preceded by limited edition of 100 copies]
‘Waugh loved wine. On his deathbed, he declared that his only regret in life was that he hadn't drunk more good Champagne.’

With colour illustrations by Rex Whistler. Published by the London wine merchants Saccone & Speed. In the original brown paper dust jacket which really is only there to protect the book, as it look so much nicer once removed, but in this case we must thank it for keeping this copy’s wonderfully illustrated covers in particularly nice condition.

‘a small quantity of wine is invariably poured first into the host's glass for him to taste . . . . If the host is so barbarous as to taste and accept a corky wine, all that the guest can do is to refrain from drinking it and never come to that table again’ 
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