Weinbau und Kellerwirtshaft [Viticulture and Enology].

[Geisenhiem, Germany]: 1889/90.

Octavo, 270, [4] pages. Table of contents. Illustrated. Manuscript of an unpublished work on grape growing and winemaking, by the principal of the School of Fruit and Wine Growing at Slovenia’s University of Malibor. The manuscript is a well-organized treatise on the subject, not a collection of notes, and therefore we believe it is a draft work in progress of an unpublished book. Divided neatly into two sections, the first treats viticulture in general, including planting, soil, roots, grafting, structures for terracing, trellissing, pruning, etc. The second part covers the winemaking process and includes storage equipment – barrels, valves, bungs – the chemistry of fermentation, etc. The pages are uniformly creased to provide neat, wide margins, which have been used for additional notes, and for significant and detailed illustration. Zweifler, a German, was the author of a number of important works on the wines of Germany, Austria and Slovenia, including Lehrbuch des Weinbaues und der Weinbehandlung Für praktische Weinbauern und Kellerwirte, sowie Weinbauschulen. His earliest work, Vrste ameriskih in domacih trt, ki so priporocljive za vinograde na Stajerskem, was published in Gradec, Slovenia in 1905. All of the others were published in Germany. Maribor, location of the University’s School of Fruit and Wine Growing is the gateway to the Mariborske and Slovenske Gorice winemaking regions, and home to the oldest known grape vine in the world, the Stara Trta, estimated to be 450 years old. Included in the second part are two tipped-in printed booklets on viniculture: Uber Rotweinbereitung [From the grape to the glass], by Zweifler ([1889] 6 pages); and Betrachtungern uber die Reblaus [Reflections on Phylloxera in the present state of Things. (1889. 20 pages)]. The second has a two page, chromolithographed plate of phylloxera. In patterned-cloth over a brown cloth spine; spine gilt-titled. Binding is edgworn and lightly chipped at the head and foot of spine, otherwise very good. [OCLC locates just one copy of Uber Rotweinbereitung, and none of the Betrachtungern].

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