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Book Description

First edition. 4to., pp. xii, 479, [I] + 1 plate. The plate, titled ‘Frontispiece’, has been bound opposite p.160 in line with the Binder’s Instructions printed on the final page. Title-page with two engraved vignettes. Sporadic light foxing, acid transfer from ribbon bookmark to pp.392-3. Recent half brown calf, gilt spine with brown Morocco label, marbled paper boards. The marbled endpapers appear to be earlier, perhaps retained from the previous binding. Edges a little rubbed, very good. Bookplate to front pastedown with the motto ‘Sub Robore Virtus’. Inkstamps of the Mercantile Library, New York to the title-page, p.1 and p.479. Small, recent booksellers label: ‘M.M. Einhorn Maxwell, Books at the Sign of the Dancing Bear, 80 East 11 St, N.Y., N.Y. 10003.’
Dealer Notes
‘This is the earliest major work in English on the wines of the Ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines. The most interesting part is the 57 page appendix that deals with modern wines.’ James M. Gabler, Wine into Words (2004).
The bookplate to front pastedown with the motto ‘Sub Robore Virtus’, is that of the collector and translator Frederick William Cosens (1819-1889), who made his fortune as an importer of sherry and port, perhaps explaining why this volume found a home on his bookshelf.
ESTC T86996
Author Barry, Edward:
Date 1775
Publisher London: T. Cadell,

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