Traité sur les Vins du Médoc et les Autres Vins Rouges et Blancs de Département de la Gironde. Cinqième Édition, Revue, Augmentée et accompagnée de 33 vues de Chateaux des Principaux Domaine du Médoc, D’une Carte de la Gironde dressée en 1864, De deux Cartes donnant la classification des Vins rouges et des Vins blancs; et de divers tableaux synoptiques. - Wm. Franck 1864 - P. Chaumas, Bordeaux - Fifth Edition, Revised and Enlarged The first ‘Bible of Bordeaux’, first published in 1824 and frequently revised until its final publication in 1871, and the forerunner of the better known Bordeaux wine directory created by Cocks & Feret. This is ‘the first major book dealing solely with the wines of Bordeaux’ (Jancis Robinson - Oxford Companion to Wine.), and one of the first Bordeaux classifications.

The fifth edition with twenty-nine full-page illustrations of the Chateaux (13 two-tone lithographs, 1 monochrome lithograph, 15 woodcuts), three woodcut title pages, one woodcut scene of the vendage, two partially coloured full page maps, and the large folding colour map titled
Carte du Département de la Gironde. 53x71.5cm (in pocket at rear). In addition to the illustrations are numerous tables (six folding).

The wine classification listed (pages 209-16] is the one ‘drawn up in 1855 by the association of commercial [wine] brokers at the Bordeaux Stock Exchange, and at the request of the Chamber of Commerce’.
  References: Eberhard Buehler, Viniana, DEF 118-20. Simon, Bibliotheca Vinaria, 94-5. Simon Bibliotheca Gastronomica, 69. Bitting Gastronomic Bibliography, 165. Lambert 444. Vicaire Bibliographie Gastronomique, 372. Oberlé, Bibliothèque Bachique/Fritsch, 310.

Octavo (book size 21.8x14.2cm), pp. [6] iv 364 [(6 folding tables)] [2].
  In contemporary binding of embossed purple cloth, spine with black morocco label lettered in gilt, all edges trimmed and mottled, yellow coated endpapers, pocket to rear for large folding map.   Condition: Near fine, one or two areas of light foxing, large map with two short tears along folds, else fine, in very good binding with wear to spine ends, toning to outer edges and spine, some rubbing to rear panel.   Ref: 104670   Price: HK$ 6,000