Facts About Port and Madeira.[facsimile edition]

Baltimore: Bacchus Press, [1992].

Facsimile. Small octavo (18.5 x 12 cm.), 211, [2] pages. Illustrated with engravings in the text. Limited Edition Facsimile of 500 unnumbered copies (colophon at rear); the original was published by Ward, Lock for Vizetelly in 1880. Based on an 1877 journey to Portugal, Madeira, and Tenerife. Vizetelly, an Italian-born British publisher and journalist, spent enough years in Paris as correspondent to the Illustrated London News to turn him into a bon-vivant and connoisseur of French Literature. He had an abiding interest in wine, and wrote a number of other books on the subject, including, The Wines of the World Characterized & Classed (1875), Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines (1879). In 1882 his most famous work, A History of Champagne: with notes on the other sparkling wines of France, was issued by Sotheran. He served as wine juror for Great Britain at the Vienna and Paris Exhibitions of 1873 and 1878. Vizetelly also published translations of Zola, which landed him in trouble with the Victorian mores of the times. The censorship case against him is well-portrayed in Edward deGrazia'a monumental study of censorship and genius, Girls Lean Back Everywhere. Fine in publisher's port-colored bonded leather. Gilt-titled at the spine. [Gabler, page 386; Noling, page 426].

Price: $90.00

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