Henry. Facts about champagne and other sparkling wines, collected
during numerous visits to the Champagne and other viticultural districts of France,
and the principal remaining wine-producing countries of Europe...with one hundred
and twelve illustrations. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., 1879. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25").
[16 (adv.)], , 235, , [14 (adv.)] pp.; 40 plts., illus.
any image of this book, for enlargement.
First edition: History, production, and descriptions of champagne, hock, moselle, saumur, sparkling sauterne, and other effervescent beverages, as well as of their most notable producers. This piece preceded by several years Vizetelly’s better-known and more common History of Champagne, published in 1882; it includes a section on the sparkling wines of the United States, and concludes with a few recipes for sparkling wine cups.
Vizetelly was, in addition to being a well-known connoisseur of wines, an engraver and publisher who eventually came to grief over his publication of Zola’s works — not to mention his having been a co-author of the fictitious Four Months Among the Goldfinders in Alta California, which helped jump-start the California gold rush.
This work is illustrated with numerous plates and in-text cuts, including among the former a portrait of Madame Veuve Clicquot and among the latter many fetching portraits of girls in local variants on grape harvesting or marketing costume; the text is preceded and followed by many pages of advertising for wines and wine-related products.
Publisher’s grape-colored cloth, front cover and spine
stamped in black and gilt; front cover with gilt-stamped vignette of a putto
NSTC 0783299; not in Cagle, not in George, Speise und Trank.
On Vizetelly, see: The Dictionary of National Biography. Bound as above,
cloth rubbed over corners and spine extremities; a bit of wrinkling over back
cover, with spine gently sunned and edges darkened. Back hinge cracked and
front hinge starting (inside), with covers soundly holding but sewing just
starting to loosen in some signatures. Endpapers and some advertisements showing
light age-toning and offsetting, with pages clean save for one instance of
pencilled bracketing. Utterly engaging.
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