Whisky - Aeneas MacDonald (pseud. George Malcolm Thomson) 1930 - The Porpoise Press, Edinburgh - First Edition ‘The finest whisky book ever’ - Dave Broom.

A fine copy in the elusive dust jacket. ‘Whisky’ is regarded as perhaps the earliest modern book on its subject and certainly the first to treat the subject from the point of view of the drinker.

It offers a passionate and energetic defence of the interests of the consumer against the producers and, well ahead of its time, promotes single malt whisky over blends.

‘If I could take only one whisky book to a desert island, it would be Aeneas MacDonald's
Whisky’ - Charles MacLean

Aeneas MacDonald was the pseudonym of George Malcolm Thomson (1899-1996), then an Edinburgh-based writer and journalist. He adopted the non de plume in deference to his mother, who was a strict teetotaller (the original Aeneas MacDonald was one of Bonnie Prince Charlie's earliest supporters, the so-called 'Men of Moidart', who acted as banker to the Jacobite troops during the 1745 Jacobite Rising). Thomson was a close friend of Neil Gunn and influenced his 1935 classic ‘
Whisky and Scotland’.
  After the initial 1930 Edinburgh & 1934 New York printing, ‘Whisky’ remained out of print until 2006. [Whiskipedia]

Reference: Ian Buxton,
101 Legendary Whiskies, 221, 39, 53, 54, 169, 197.

Octavo (book size 19.2x12.7cm), pp. 135 [1]. In publisher’s blue silk covered boards, paper spine label lettered and decorated in blue. Dust jacket priced ‘5s. net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket, slightly trimmed along the top edge, some foxing, three small chips to rear of panel and spine.   Ref: 109614   Price: HK$ 5,000