Fruit of the Vine. A Symposium on Social Drinking. As Seen by Many Witnesses of All Times.

Baltimore: the author, 1950.

Octavo, 165 pages. First edition of this interesting compilation of historical “evidence” against alcohol. Turnbull, a sculptor and historian of the ancient world, pulls quotes and snippets from figures including Plato, Chaucer, Franklin, Johnson, Poe and others, many of whom more than enjoyed a tipple. In a way, a drinker’s anthology, albeit one twisted by the logic of prohibitions search for “freedom.” A fine copy, in a fine dust jacket, with a handsome illustration of grapes. With a one page TLS laid-in from the Methodist Church Board of Temperance recommending the book.

Price: $500.00