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BOYLE, Patrick.

The Publicans' Daily Companion;

or, plain and interesting advice to the keepers of public houses, on subjects of the greatest importance to their own welfare, and to the health, comfort, & satisfaction of society at large. Contents. Brewing and Management of Beer, Ale and Amber. Making of all Kinds of Compounds and British Wines. Spirit, Wine, and Malt Licences. Importation Duty on all Foreign and British Goods. Excite on British Compounds. Billetting of Soldiers. Arts and Deceptions of Brokers. With Sundry Gauge Tables for Casks of all Dimensions, &c. &c.

London: printed and sold by the Author; sold by Mr. Richardson; Messrs. W. and J. Wilmott; Mr. Tomblin; and may be had of all the respectable Booksellers in the Kingdom, [1797?] Stock Code: 130661
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Late 18th-century publicans

First edition of this guide for publicans. A wide ranging handbook, Boyle's work covers duties and the storage of drink, offers recipes for various mixed drinks, gives a process called "The Doctor" to disguise the taste of drinks that have gone bad, narrates how to make wine from turnips, birch and cowslip, and warns young publicans of the rogues and fraudsters that they will meet. The title page has the price for the book as 2s. 6d. sewn in blue paper, and half-bound for 3s. This is an example of the latter half binding, with an early owner rebacking the book in red roan, having needed early reinforcement from continued use. The book proved popular, with a seventh edition by 1808. This first edition is now rare - ESTC lists only four copies: two in the British Library, one in New York Public Library, and one in Yale University. The estimated date is from ESTC, although the British Library has "1795?" for one of their copies.

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Duodecimo (170 x 104 mm). Original half sheep with blue paper boards, rebacked in the early 19th century with red roan.


Contemporary notation to front pastedown; two early stamps to title page, one a monogram of "PB"; contemporary erasure of a sentence accusing brewers of "pernicious practices" on p. iv. Final leaf of advertisements present. Joints expertly repaired, front free endpaper reinserted, sheep backing around tips now lost, contents foxed and browned as expected. A very good copy of this fragile, well-used volume.


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