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Healths Improvement: or, Rules Comprising and Discovering The Mature, Method, and Manner of Preparing all sorts of Food Used in this Nation. - Thomas Muffett (Moffett), Christopher Bennet

1655 - Printed by Tho: Newcomb for Samuel Thornton, at the sign of the white Horse in Pauls Churchyard - First Edition
Written by that ever Famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick: Corrected and Enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and Fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London.

Scarce first edition of this posthumous work, which André Simon said was “probably compiled about 1595. Some chapter headings will give an idea of the scope of this work, which is composed throughout in a gossipy and very readable style. ‘
What Diet is’. ‘How it is to be chosen’. ‘Of Meats’. ‘Of the flesh of tame beasts’. ‘Of the flesh of wild fowl’ . . .”

From the collection of noted bibliophile and perfectionist, Brent Gration-Maxfield, with his neat pencil annotation to the front.

See page 154, where Muffett describes the flying fish he was shown by his friend Sir Francis Drake.

The work includes the important observation, made for the first time, that eating liver is beneficial to certain eye diseases. It also contains the first list of British wildfowl, and recognition of their migratory habits.
 
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Burgundiae Inferioris - Abraham Ortelius

Circa 1584Amsterdam
A stunning early map of Burgundy by the great engraver ad cartographer Abraham Ortelius [map size 37.5 x 45 cm]. With place names in French, titles and scale in Latin. Sixteenth century hand coloured, heightened with gold, with elaborate strapwork title cartouche, coat of arms and mileage scale. Showing rivers, mountains, forests, fortifications, towns and cities.

The Burgundy wine regions included on this map include four of the five primary divisions: Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, and Cote Chalonnaise. Maconnais, the fifth, is just a little further to the south along the Saone River. It also includes the cities of Avalon, Auttun, Chalons, Beaulne, Verdun, and Chastillon, among many others.

The orientation is from
Septemtrio (the seven stars of Ursa Major) or North (top) to Meridies or South (bottom), Occidens or West (left) to Oriens or East (right).

Finely framed in gilt wood [frame size 57 x 65 cm].
 
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The Reminiscences of a Gauger - Joseph Pacy

1873 - Printed by Tomlinsons and Whiles, Newark - First Edition
A rare little autobiography by Joseph Pacy, who rose through the ranks to become Surveyor General Examiner of Excise.

I left England for Scotland in 1834, on promotion to a division at Campbelton, a town in Argylshire, noted for its many distilleries’. ‘Campbelton whiskey was somewhat celebrated, and was in great request both in the home and foreign markets. Distilled in still of small size, and made from peat-dried malt, there was a flavour about it peculiar to itself.’ (Chapter V).

Pacy’s next distillery appointment was ‘
The Royal Brackla Distillery’, at which ‘the distiller, a retired captain of the army, was as well known as his distillery, by name at least, on account of the disputes he was continually engaged in with the Excise...’ after dealing with Captain William Fraser, the probationary period ends and Pacy is appointed supervisor to the border district of Langholme, in Dumfrieshire.

Pacy eventually reaches the position of Surveyor Genera’ based in London, although he clearly enjoyed his time along the borders more than any other.
 
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Johnson Over Jordan - The Play. And All About It (An Essay) - J. B. Priestley

1939 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
‘J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius’ – Dame Judi Dench

A smartly bound copy of J.B. Priestley’s ‘adventure in theatre’,
Johnson Over Jordan – the story of ‘everyman’ Robert Johnson who attempts to make sense of a life half lived – was the play he considered his finest and most ambitious achievement. Also features an essay by Priestly on the writing of the play and its origins, and the critical reception of the stage production.

Illustrated with 8 full page black and white photographic plates of the original 1939 stage production, which starred Ralph Richardson and featured a musical score by Benjamin Britten.

With a black and white photographic portrait of the playwright tipped in to front endpaper and the front panel of the original dust jacket laid in.
 
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The New Family Receipt-Book - David Pugh, Maria Rundell

1814 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected.
A beautifully bound, compact collection of recipes, household advice, and medical tips, this volume includes ingenious articles such as: ‘Easy Method of Curing the Sea-Scurvy’, ’To Increase the Force of Gun-Powder’ and ‘Method of Rendering Assistance to Persons in Danger of Drowing' to name but a few. Helpfully organised into categories such as ’Agriculture', ‘Distilling’ and ‘Pleasing Experiments’

According to Arnold Oxford (
English Cookery Books) this compilation was published to accompany Maria Rundell’s highly successful New System of Domestic Cookery’. Although Oxford states that this was written by Mrs Rundell, it is more likely that the compiler was David Pugh who worked on a number of ‘Family-Receipt’ books for several publishers under the pseudonym of David Hughson. 
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The Kingdom of the Pearl - L Rosenthal, Edmund Dulac (illustrator)

1920 - Nisbet &, London - Limited Edition copy 12 of 100, signed by Dulac
A superb large quarto limited and signed edition of Dulac's illustrated book masterpiece. One of 100 copies, commissioned by famed Parisian jeweller, Léonard Rosenthal.

‘Each one of these plates is a work of art, and the matter of the book itself is an engrossing history of pearls, their culture, their treatment, their myths and legends, and the narratives of famous stones. The book combines romance and instruction.’ -
The New York Times (4 December, 1921)

Dulac uses techniques borrowed from Persian manuscripts, such as overwashing the watercolours with silver and gold. Those approaches produced stunning results, contributing to the gem-like quality of the ten exquisite tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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A Practical Treatise on Brewing, Distilling, and Rectification - Robert Shannon

1805 - Robert Scholey, London - First and Only Edition
Rare first edition of this comprehensive and landmark work on wines, spirits, and beers, that ‘may be considered the first modern book in English treating the subject’ of distillation’ [Buxton & Hughes] and the second book in English to discuss ‘modern wines’. [Gabler]

A finely bound large thick quarto volume of over 900 pages split into four parts:
Book I: Brewing for Malt Liquors (beer); Book II: Brewing for Distilling (spirits e.g. Gin, whisky, rum, brandy); Book III: Made Wines, Vinegar, Cider, and Perry; Appendix: Wines, Brandies, and Vinegars (mostly descriptions of foreign wines from Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and South Africa).

Illustrated with eight engraved plates and six tables.

According to Buxton and Hughes, ‘Shannon is credited with taking a recognisably systematic approach to the subject aiming, as he says to ‘
shew the distiller how he may proceed on rational principles’. ’Curiously for such a comprehensive work there appears to only ever have been one edition’. 
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A Treatise on Cyder-Making - Hugh Stafford, Anonymous

1753 - Printed for E. Cave, London - First Edition
Legendary and rare first edition of this anonymous work, all of which is generally but erroneously attributed to Hugh Stafford who contributed the sixteen page ‘Dissertation on Cyder and Cyder-Fruit’ at the beginning.

Covering the entire process from identifying and growing the best cider apples, collection, pressing, fermentation, racking, preserving and remedial action for a variety of issues ‘
which are incident to Cyder’. With fold-out engraving of cider press (opp. p.32), in-text wood-cut diagrams to pages 43 and 68 (‘One side of the framed Press...’.) and wood-cut decorations to pages v, 47, and 61.

As Cyder therefore is generally allowed to be an wholesome drink, and as it is the natural product of our own country, he will surely be thought to contribute something towards the good of the public, who gives infallible directions for making it universally agreeable by varrying it so as to suit every palate, and by improving the flavour and the quality, both of the rough and the smooth, divesting it of its tendency to produce cholics, and giving it the sparkle of Champaign, without an eager and windy fermentation, and rendering it more spirituous than a small wine tho' less inflaming’. [Preface]

An influential work, Benjamin Franklin, who was partial to a drop himself, ordered three copies to be reprinted as pamphlets and distributed amongst the New England farmers after failing with their vineyards. It was plagiarised into various publications including encyclopaedias, cookbooks and later reference works related to cider.
 
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