London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1967.
Octavo (22.5 x 15 cm.), 492 pages. Illustrated with twenty-five photographic plates. Bibliography. Index. FIRST EDITION. A comprehensive work on the Champagne district and its wines. The book “treats the whole subject as a unity – the wine, the countryside, the soil, the geological features, the history, the people” (from the jacket). Original publisher's burgundy cloth, gilt-titled, with endpaper maps of the Champagne District. Some light edgewear to dust jacket, otherwise near fine. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Mrs. Ben Griswold III with my very best wishes, Patrick Forbes”. The recipient was Leith Symington Griswold, matriarch of the Symington and Griswold families, accomplished equestrienne, and wife of investment banker and fellow equestrian Benjamin H. Griswold III. They resided at Fancy Hill, Monkton, in Maryland. [Gabler Wine into Words, page 95].