Bottlescrew Days. Wine Drinking in England During the Eighteenth Century.
London: Duckworth, 1926.
Thick octavo (22 x 15 cm.), 273,  pages. Illustrated with black & white plates. Publisher's advertisement at rear. FIRST EDITION; a U.S. edition was issued the following year by Maynard Small of New York. The author conceived this work as a followup to his massive three volume History of the Wine Trade in England, which covered the wine trade from the Roman Invasion to the end of the Seventeenth Century. The "bottlescrew" of the title was a feature of the 18th Century, born out of necessity as the use of cork stoppers spreads starting in the late 17th Century. This change in containment changes the way wine was stored, aged, sold, and drunk. Publisher's orange cloth, titled in black on the spine and on the front panel (Unzelmann indicates both a magenta cloth or an orange cloth, with no priority). A fair amount of foxing throughout, otherwise very good. With the bookplate of Philip Wallace Nash, member of the New York Stock Exchange and of the Wine & Food Society. [Unzelmann, page 33; Noling, page 375].