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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 - Féret, 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, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
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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The Theory and Practice of Brewing - SIGNED - Michael Combrune

1762 - Printed by J. Haberkorn, London - First Edition
A rare and signed first edition of ‘the most pivotal book in brewing’. With a commendatory preface written by his friend Peter Shaw, physician to the king and experimental scientist with an interest in chemistry.

In 1821, on being asked for the recipe for his ale, Thomas Jefferson replied
‘I have no reciept [sic] for brewing, and I much doubt the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a reciept. If it could, Combrune's book on the subject would teach the best processes: and perhaps might guide to ultimate success with the sacrifice of 2. or 3. trials. . . . We are now finishing our spring brewing. If you have a capable servt. and he were to attend our fall brewing, so as to get an idea of the manual operation, Combrune's book with a little of your own attention in the beginning might qualify him.’

‘For the longest time, brewing was considered an Art, and a brewer was considered an Artisan. In 1762, Michael Combrune changed the brewing world forever, by publishing
The Theory and Practice of Brewing, a book which treated brewing as a Science and not just an Art. Combrune, a professional brewer at the time, was the first person to perceive and document brewing as a science. The Theory and Practice of Brewing is Combrune's theories on brewing and the practical application of these theories applied to brewing beers of the time. Nothing like this book had ever been published.’ 
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Les Grand Crus Bordelais - Alfred Danflou

1867 - Librairie Goudin & Typ. Au. Lavertujon, 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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Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne - R. Danguy, Ch. Aubertin

1892 - Librairie H. Armand, Dijon - First Edition
The first edition of this early, scarce and ‘invaluable reference work on the state of Burgundy's Côte-d'Or vineyards and wines in the late 19th century’ [Vineana]. With text in French.

Complete with the large folding map of the vineyards of Burgundy (73x39cm) by A. Casper and E. Marc, and two folding engravings of the ‘
Grande vue de la ville de Dijon’ and ‘Grand Vue de la ville de Beaune’ (both from from 18th century engravings designed by Lallemand).

A comprehensive work, over 740 pages, with long notes on the wines, the vineyards and their owners. Profusely illustrated throughout with an additional 34 full page plates and 45 half page plates, mostly of the châteaux, vineyards and cellars, as well as inserted advertisements.
 
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Reports from Committees of the House of Commons. Vol. XI. Miscellaneous Subjects: 1782-1799 [containing] Report from the Committee upon the Distilleries in Scotland. Reported by the Right Honourable Sylvester Douglas, 11 June 1798; 12 July 1799. - William Eden, Sylvester Douglas

1803 - House of Commons, London - Re-printed by Order of the House, First Edition Thus.
This massive and scarce set of reports provides an in-depth study of the Scottish whisky industry, supported by hundreds of testimonies, and letters, provided by distillers, distiller’s agents, innkeepers, farmers, spirit dealers, grain merchants, the church, commissioners of excise, revenue officers, chemists, brewers, physicians, solicitors, landowners, and at least one butcher. There are also extensive lists and statistics of all the Scottish distillers, method of distilling, quantities produced, duties paid, quantities of grain used.

Nearly 500 pages, printed in double-columns, illustrated with eleven full page plates of stills and distilling apparatus, a large (47x60.5cm) folding hand coloured ‘
General Map of Scotland’ (by Laurie and Whittle, London, 1799) and 11 woodcuts in the text.

The extent of the problems of taxation and collection are evidenced by over 100 folio pages listing distillery prosecutions and seizures (527-640) combined with relevant extracts from court reports.

One interesting section compares other methods of producing spirits, which range from Spanish brandy and Dutch gin, to the distillation practised by the ‘
Natives at Chatra in Ramgur, and other Provinces in India’ (692-704).

In addition to the two main reports by Sylvester Douglas (pages 319-511, and 512-804), there is a three part report on ‘
Illicit Practices used in Defrauding the Revenue’ which relate to smuggling and ‘piratical practices’ and cover Whisky amongst other dutiable goods (pages 228-299). The remaining ten reports cover other areas of the Treasury (pages 3-226 & 303-317). 
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