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.London: G. Biggs, [c.1855] Stock Code: 143784
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). It also includes reference tables for use when brewing using thermometers and saccharometers. The preface notes that, "we trust that the trifling cost incurred by purchasing our book may be amply repaid by the instruction that it will impart in its perusal". It is listed in only 3 institutions world-wide on Worldcat and copies have only appeared at auction twice.
Octavo. Original brown cloth, decorative floral frame stamped in blind to covers, titles and vignette gilt to front cover, edges sprinkled red, yellow endpapers.
Near-contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine and edges of boards sunned, light bumps to extremities, light discolouration around foot of spine and covers; a very good copy.
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