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  1. 117146

    The Innkeeper and Public Brewer.

    Containing - Hints for managing spirits and wines, the preparing of compounds, liqueurs, c. The brewing and management of beer ... By a Practical Man.
    First edition of this comprehensive business guide for innkeepers and other liquor sellers. It features information on how to make various forms of alcohol, tips on purchasing them, how to adjust and compute the proof of liquor, how to obtain a liquor license and other important skills for running an inn. There is a notable section devoted to early recipes of cocktails (shrubs, ratafias and punches). Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [c.1855]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117146

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    The Joy of Cooking.

    A compilation of reliable recipes with a casual culinary chat. Illustrations by Marion Rombauer Becker.
    Fourth printing. Signed by the author to front blank "Cordially yours Irma S. Rombauer." First published privately by the author in 1931 with a run of 3,000 copies. The Bobbs-Merrill Company bought it in 1936 and went on to produce six further editions. It is considered the quintessential American cookbook. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: Indianapolis and New York

    Stock Code: 116959

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 116953

    Gardens Catalogue.

    First and sole edition, including the scarce booklet entitled "Gardens: What They Should Do and How They Are Made". Stephen King-Hall notes in the preface of the book, a treatise on landscape gardening and practical handbook for gardeners, that "one forms the resolution that here is a book to keep, to consult, to savour; on no account to throw away. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [1935]

    Published: Totnes

    Stock Code: 116953

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  4. 116914

    Album Officiel de la Fête des Vignerons.

    First edition thus, printed to commemorate the 1927 Fête des Vignerons. The colourful panorama depicts a procession of figures celebrating the festival organised by the Confrére des Vignerons (Brotherhood of Winegrowers) in Vevey, Switzerland. The first festival took place in 1797, and the celebration may take place up to five times a century. Biéler's designs show the gods Bacchus, Ceres, and Pales walking alongside farmers, blacksmiths, woodcutters, minstrels, and members of the Brotherhood. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: Vevey

    Stock Code: 116914

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  5. 116911

    Report from the Secretary of the Treasury ... in relation to grants of land made to French emigrants, to encourage the cultivation of the vine and olive.

    20th Congress, 1st Session.
    An important historical document regarding viticulture practices and the early wine industry in America. It concerns the progress of Alabama's Vine and Olive Colony, named thus after the land agreement made between the US Congress and refugee settlers in 1817 (some, but certainly not all, of whom were French). Attracted by the prospect of establishing a domestic winemaking industry to combat their reliance on imported European wines, Congress granted 92,000 acres of land to the settlers, with the proviso that the land be eventually used for cultivating grapes and olives. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: Washington

    Stock Code: 116911

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  6. 116903

    The Fruit Grower's Friend.

    An easy guide for the raising of fruits, for pleasure or profit.
    Second edition (first 1880). A popular reference guide to growing fruits profitably, Haines's pamphlet went through ten editions in total. He urges readers to apply themselves to patient cultivation; with vines, for example, "the little care required in some of these methods will soon be forgotten in the pleasure of having fresh grapes to eat for ten months of the year" (p. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1884

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    Stock Code: 116903

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  7. 116898

    A Descriptive Catalogue of Fruits and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Vines, and Plants.

    Cultivated and for sale at the Nonantum-Hill Nursery, Brighton, Mass.
    First edition thus. A 24-page descriptive catalogue was printed in 1863. By 1867 William Chamberlain Strong was a well-established nurseryman and an authoritative author on these topics. His Culture of the Grape had been published the previous year, and was considered "a valuable manual" written by the "prophet" of agriculture and chemistry (The New-York Independent, 1866); Gabler called it a "well-researched contribution" to contemporary viticulture literature. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116898

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  8. 116896

    A Short Treatise on Horticulture.

    Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, &c. Nearly all of which are at present comprised in the collection of the Linnean Botanic Garden, at Flushing, near New-York. With directions for their Culture, Management, &c.
    First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming one of the most important early American contributions to horticultural literature. Learn More
    £1,125

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116896

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  9. 116894

    A Short Treatise on Horticulture.

    Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, c. Nearly all of which are at present comprised in the collection of the Linnean Botanic Garden, at Flushing, near New-York. With directions for their Culture, Management, c.
    First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming one of the most important early American contributions to horticultural literature. Learn More
    £1,125

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116894

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  10. 116808

    A Treatise on the Vine.

    Embracing its history from the earliest ages to the present day, with descriptions of above two hundred foreign, and eighty American varieties; together with a complete dissertation on the establishment, culture, and management of vineyards.
    First edition. Under Prince's direction, the Prince Nursery at Long Island became "the most important nursery in the United States" (Gabler p. 213), and one which actively encouraged the hybridisation of European and American vines. Published in collaboration with his father, William Prince, A Treatise on the Vine traces the history of the vine, describes and classifies hundreds of European and American grape varieties (the vast majority of which were being cultivated at their nursery), instructs on proper planting techniques, and recommends which grapes are best for the table and which for wine. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1830

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116808

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  11. 116622

    Mrs. Beeton's Household Management.

    A Complete Cookery Book.
    First published in 1861, this is what was described as the "New Edition" of Beeton's classic household manual; "For more than half a century Mrs. Beeton has been the guide, philosopher and friend of countless happy homes ... Eight years after the first appearance of the book, an enlarged and revised edition was found necessary. Since then the changing years have brought additional information, new features, and increased size, till we find the new edition we are now introducing to the public has nearly twice the number of pages and is four times the size of its modest ancestor" (Preface). Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116622

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  12. 116621

    Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.

    A Guide to Cookery in all Branches, Daily Duties, Menu Making, Mistress & Servant, Home Doctor, Hostess & Guest, Sick Nursing, Marketing, The Nursery, Trussing & Carving, Home Lawyer.
    First published in 1861, this is described as the "New Edition" which was first brought out in 1907. The "new edition" includes copious illustrations and 74 chapters, where the 1861 edition had a mere 44. The updates include expanding the chapter on "Colonial and Foreign Cookery" and introducing a chapter on vegetarian cooking. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: [c.1912]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116621

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    The Plant-Magic Man.

    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition of the New York Herald Tribune and Midi Libre. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: Santa Barbara

    Stock Code: 116530

    Signed: Yes

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  14. 116459

    The Book of the Holy Graal.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. Arthur Edward Waite was a mystic and historian of occultism and alchemy and is most famous now for his pictorial tarot deck, designed in 1910 with Pamela Coleman Smith; however, he "was never truly an occultist: in all his work he presented himself as a non-denominational mystic" (ODNB). The publisher was the owner of Watkins Books, or, as it was then known, the "University of Rejected Sciences", a meeting place for leading occult figures. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116459

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  15. 116375

    Mike.

    Containing Twelve Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitwell.
    First edition, first impression. "Each of Wodehouse's school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, dialogue, characterization, and ability to create sunny laughter, Mike is Wodehouse's first masterpiece. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116375

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  16. 116231

    Wine and the Wine Lands of the World.

    With some account of places visited. With 55 illustrations.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116231

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    The Gardeners Dictionary:

    containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard.
    First octavo edition, an abridgement of the first comprehensive dictionary of gardening. Philip Miller (1691–1771) was the most distinguished and influential British gardener of the eighteenth century. His dictionary is a noteworthy milestone in the great sequence of encyclopaedias and dictionaries of that era, fit to rank with John Harris's Lexicon Technicum (1704), Chamber's Cyclopaedia (1728), Johnson's Dictionary (1755), the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768), and ultimately the great French Encyclopédie (1751–1772) of Denis Diderot. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1735

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116084

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    Recherché Side Dishes.

    For Breakfast Luncheon Dinner and Supper. Comprising Hors d’Oeuvres Savouries and Salads With Appendix of the Newest After-Dinner Savouries.
    Third edition. The author, inspecting and consulting Chef de Cuisine at the National Training School of Cookery London, suggests that "something new in the way of a side dish is at all times a welcome acquisition". The book contains around 600 recipes. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116082

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  19. Soups Savouries Sweets.

    Soups Savouries Sweets.

    With a Chapter on Bread. By a Practical Housewife.
    First edition. This cookbook was aimed at the housewife who is "well-educated as well as practical". Each page features gastronomic quotes taken from texts throughout the ages, after all, "it may cost ... an effort sometimes to put down Shakespeare, Tennyson, or Browning ... to leave the library for the kitchen" (introduction). This charming book includes many vegetarian recipes, which were in "vogue", and everyday menu plans. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116067

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  20. Morphy's Games of Chess.

    Morphy's Games of Chess.

    Being a selection of three hundred of his games. With annotations and a biographical introduction by Philip W. Sergeant.
    Revised edition of this examination of the chess prodigy's best games. Sergeant's book, based on Johann Jacob Lowenthal's 1860 work, was originally published in the UK in 1915. An incredibly fast player, Paul Morphy (1837-1884) had a brilliant career but soon became disillusioned with the world of chess and retired from tournaments in 1959. Bobby Fischer rated him as one of the ten best players of all time and described him as "perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived" (Chessworld, Vol. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116049

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