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Modern Confectionary; Containing Receipts for Drying and Candying, Confits, Cakes, Preserves, Liqueurs, Ices, Jellies, Creams, Sponges, Pastes, Potted Meats, Pickles, Wines, Etc. Etc. Etc. By the Author of Modern Cookery - Anon

1833 - Printed by and for Henry Mozley and Sons, Derby - Second Edition
A rare little early 19th century work on deserts, pickles, relish and wine, first published in 1826.

Chapters are:
Drying and Candying; Lozenges and Confits, Cakes, Biscuits, etc.; Puddings; Preserves; Sirups, Liqueurs, and Waters; Ices; Jellies; Creams, Custards, etc.; Sponges; Patties, Pastes, etc.; Potted Meats; Pickles, Catsups, etc.; Observations on British Wine. 
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La Vigne - Voyage Autour des Vins de France - L. Bertall [Charles Albert d'Arnoux]

1878 - E. Plon et Cie., Paris - First Edition
A superb example of this magnificently illustrated wine book landmark, text in French, with numerous humorous anecdotes about winemakers, merchants, innkeepers...

Black and white frontispiece, 94 full page captioned plates and close to 400 in-text wood-engraved illustrations.

The a vast array of illustrations by Bertall are combined with an interesting potpourri of French viniana. For example, wines are divided into three big categories: white wines, red wines and blue wines, matching the French national colours. The whites are generally luxury wines, from Chablis and Saumur to Champagne and Sauterne - wines of the rich. Red wines are for general use and for tasting, they make glad the heart and the mind, etc. Blue wines are the wines of the workers and of those who prefer not to work, wines warm in the gut but hard on the gullet, good for vitality in moderation, but bad when taken to excess [pages 23-24].
 
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1870 - Fé, Bordeaux - Second Edition revised and enlarged
A finely bound revised and enlarged second edition, the text in French, profusely illustrated with four engraved frontispieces and twenty full-page engravings of people in various social “wine” situations related to the text. The engravings are after designs by Pauquet.

‘Biarnez takes us on a poetic tour of the Médoc, in French, singing the praises of the classified growths (pages 17-93) and ends with a paean to the white wines of Bordeaux (pages 97-123) and the effect they have on the imbiber: “
C'est une ivresse sainte, un sublime délire, Et, parmi tous les vins, notre vin seul l'inspire!. To the rear is Dr. Arthaud’s 51 page essay ‘De L’influence du vin sur la civilisation’.

Published 20 years after the first, this edition adds further lines to the verses, an enlarged preface, and includes an additional engraved frontispiece, and the original engraved plate from the first edition. The ‘hanging plate’ opposite page 73 has been replaced with the man being led to the gallows, perhaps readers had complained that it spoilt their enjoyment of a decent glass of claret.
 
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A Practical Treatise on Brewing - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, &lsquo
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

The
Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
 
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Un art de France : Le Savoir-Boire - Claude Bonvin (pseud.

1948 - La Tartane, Marseille et Paris - Number 178 of 450 copies printed on papier vé
An interesting gastronomic dissertation on the great wines of France and their enjoyment, written in the form of a series of letters from an American in Paris, ‘Jim Swanson’, to his wife Dorothy Swanson in Louisville, Kentucky. With text in French.

Composed by Émile Vuillermoz (1883-1960), writing under the pseudonym Claude Bonvin. Vuillermoz was member of the ‘Club des Cent’ a tight night and highly respected club of distinguished gastronomes.
 
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Bordeaux and its Wines - Charles Cocks,

1899 - Fé, Bordeaux - Third English Edition Improved
‘The classic reference work on Bordeaux wines’ - Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine.

A comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated third English edition of ‘
The Bordeaux Bible’. This edition was greatly expanded from the second edition, with 215 more pages, 11 colour maps (up from 8) and 374 in-text engravings of the Châteaux (up from 193). Also included are numerous tables, lists, and comprehensive indices of principal proprietors, villages and communes, and principal growths.

A presentation copy from the great Bordeaux wine merchants Nath. Johnston & Fils.
 
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Les Grand Crus Bordelais - Alfred Danflou

1867 - Librairie Goudin &, Bordeaux - First Edition in this format (a smaller work was published in 1866 with only 19 photographs of the 1st and 2nd growths)
A rare and remarkable work on Bordeaux, in beautiful condition, two volumes bond in one, containing fifty-five early photographs of the great Châteaux of Bordeaux, with their history, vintages and other contributions, in French.

Of superb quality, the plates of the Châteaux include Lafite, Latour, Mouton, all accompanied by a history and contemporary description of the Châteaux and wine vintages. With a long and interesting commentary on the classifications of first and second Crû, strongly in favour of reclassifying to Premier Cru, Branne-Mouton (purchased and renamed Mouton-Rothschild in 1853 by Baron Rothschild but herein referred to by it’s former name), for which they would have to wait a further century until 1973, and referring to both the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, and London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. There are additional chapters on ‘La Système Féodal Appliqué Aux Vins du Médoc’ and ‘Les Grand Vins de Saint-Émilion’.

A truly important and visually imposing work on Bordeaux and a vital part of any wine book or photographic collection.
 
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Le Nobiliaire des Eaux-de-Vie et Liqueurs de France - Maurice Des Ombiaux

1927 - J. Mawet, Lié - Number 208 of 500 on &lsquo
A handsome production by one of the foremost knowledgeable gourmandes of the era, dispensing his entertaining and opinionated views on the history, mythology, production, tasting and appreciation of French Liqueurs and Eaux-de-Vie, with text in French, charmingly illustrated throughout with woodcuts.

Fall into the seductive arms of such greats as Armagnac, Calvados, Kirsch, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Benedictine, and Chatreuse.

Complete with the publisher’s announcement loosely inserted.
 
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Price HK$ 2,600



 
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