World's Fair Edition. Kentucky's Distilling Interests, by Kentucky Distillers' Bureau Co., of Lexington, Ky. An illustrated history containing sketches and announcements of the most celebrated makers and brands in the state.

[Lexington; Louisville: the Bureau; Courier-Journal Litho.], 1893.

Stapled, oblong octavo (20 x 27.5 cm.), 100 pages. Illustrated. Evident FIRST EDITION and stated “World’s Fair Edition” although no other editions located. A sumptuously illustrated history of the distilling industry of Kentucky, prefaced by a portrait of Old Kentucky and its Old Bourbon Whisky as romantic as any modern advertising copywriter could imagine. “No maiden’s kiss is tenderer or more refreshing; no maiden’s touch could be more passionate. Sip it and dream – you can not dream amiss. Sip it and dream, it is a dream itself.” The preface is followed by portraits of individual distillers, arranged by county, with each county receiving a brief historical outline of its whisky heritage. Distilleries profiled include: Old W.S. Stone, the M.V. Monarch Company, R. Monarch, Spring Water Sour Mash Whisky, Worsham Distilling Co., Anderson & Nelson Distilleries, J. M. Atherton, Early Times, Fibble & Crabb Distilling, Mueller, Wathen & Kobert, Old Times Distillery, Rugby Distillers, J.B. Wathen & Bro., Van Hook, C. B. Cook, Freiberg & Workum, T.J. Megibbon Co., Wiglesworth Bros., Bourbon County Distilling, Old Pepper Whisky, Edge Cliff Distillery, Ashland Distillery, E.H. Taylor, Jr. & Sons, Chicken Cock Distillery, Silver Creek, W.H. McBrayer Whiskey, and Old Fort Spring Distillery. The fairly detailed texts are accompanied by illustrations of company heads or founders, the physical plants, and sometimes branding imagery. A few have likely paid extra for a plash of color added to their profiles, and one, Edgewater Whisky, has had a handsome red and gold label pasted-in. Bit of creasing to corner of title page, age-toning to text block. In publisher’s blue-printed, lithographed wrapper, with some light edge chipping and general soil; some wear to wrapper at spine. Near very good. Rare. [OCLC locates just two copies (University of Kentucky & Filson Historical Soc.); not in Noling].

Price: $1,500.00