Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne (la Côte-d'Or). Étude et Classement par Ordre de Mérite. Nomenclature des Clos et des Propriétaires. Illustrée de Nombreuses Vues des Principales Propriétés - 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].

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.
  ‘From the preface, dated at Dijon, June 1892: “Although we had no thought of improving on the highly regarded works of the Doctors Morelot and Lavalle, long out of print and almost impossible to find, we felt that a similar book, giving the current state of Côte-d'Or properties would be well received and would respond to the same need for this region as did Bordeaux et ses vins for the Bordelais.” [page ix].

The authors go on to say that unfortunately many proprietors did not show enough interest in this project to provide the necessary information, despite numerous newspaper appeals. A great deal of information was however provided by M. Margottet, director of the Dijon Agricultural Station, by M. Durand of the School of Viticulture at Beaune, as well as by merchants, owners, and others. [ix-x]. A general introduction on “the vine and the wines” [xi-lxxix] is followed by the main text, with a detailed chapter for each commune, from Santenay to Dijon-Larrey.’ - Eberhard Buehler,
Viniana.

R. Danguy, an early director of the École de viticulture de la Charente, was at this time a professor of viticulture in Beaune. Charles Aubertin was born in Beaune in 1829.

References: Eberhard Buehler,
Viniana, DEF 6. Simon, Bibliotheca Vinaria 100, 101. Oberlé, Bibliothèque Bachique/Fritsch, 292. Oberlé, Fastes de Bacchus, 997.

Thick octavo (binding size 19.7x13.5), pp. [2] lxxix [1] 662 [1] [1 (ads)] [2].
  Finely bound in recent quarter calf over patterned paper boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. top edge tinted brown, new endpapers.   Condition: Fine with the exception of some toning to outer edges, in fine binding.   Ref: 109835   Price: HK$ 9,500