Bordeaux and its Wines, classed by order of merit. by Édouard Féret, author of the Statistique Générale de la Gironde, Laureate of the Academy and of Agricultural and Geographical Societies. Illustrated by Eug. Vergez. - Charles Cocks, Édouard Féret 1899 - Féret & Fils, 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’, with eleven colour maps (nine of which are folding), and 374 in-text engravings of the Châteaux. 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.
  In 1846 an English professor and freemason, Charles Cocks, published Bordeaux, its wines and the claret country in English. It was the most comprehensive classification of a wine area that had yet appeared. In 1850 a Bordeaux bookseller, Michel Féret, rechecked and slightly changed the classification and published the first French edition. In 1855, as a response to a demand from Napoleon III, Cocks and Féret’s work was adopted as and still is the official classification of all the wines of Bordeaux and is known as 'The Bordeaux Bible' The enormous volume, which today lists some 7,000 properties, is updated roughly every ten years. The Oxford companion to wine regrets that the book is 'now sadly neglecting its English roots and published simply as Féret'. - Wine Literature of the World.

The 1899 third English edition was greatly expanded from the second English edition of 1883, with 215 more pages, 11 colour maps (up from 8) and 374 illustrations of the Châteaux (up from 193).

Provenance: Presentation copy from the Wine Merchants Nath. Johnston & Fils of Bordeaux.

Thick octavo (boook size 19.3x13.3x4.5cm), pp. xii 831. with page 831 used as rear pastedown. Publisher’s original lettered red cloth, advertisements to front endpapers and rear pastedown, neatly re-cased with strengthening to inner hinges.

Reference: Simon, Vicaire,
Bibliographie Gastronomique. Eberhard Buehler, Viniana, C 103 notes.

Collation 20/9/15 - Folding Maps - iii, 100, 180, 216, 268, 360, 388, 552, 624, 712. Single page maps - 472.
Illustrations of Chateaux (total number of illustrations followed in brackets by page number range) - 79 (i-xii 1-200), 124 (201-400), 112 (401-600), 59 (601-831).
  Condition: Near fine, re-cased retaining original endpapers, with some rubbing to spine, endpapers toned.   Ref: 103316   Price: HK$ 5,000