Notes on a Cellar-Book. Trinc!

London: Macmillan and Co., 1921.

Foolscap quarto (22.5 x 18 cm.), xxxi, 227, [1] pages. Stated "Edition de Luxe", one of 500 unnumbered copies, signed by Saintsbury, beneath the limitation notice, one year after the smaller first edition of the book. First published in July 1920, the book was reprinted twice before the issue of this 'Edition de Luxe'. George Saintsbury (1845 – 1933) was an English critic, literary historian, editor, teacher, and wine connoisseur. Known during his lifetime as a scholar, "he is remembered today for his Notes on a Cellar-Book (1920), one of the great testimonials to drink and drinking in wine literature. When he was close to death, André Simon arranged a dinner in his honour. Although Saintsbury did not attend, this was the start of the Saintsbury Club, men of letters and members of the wine trade who continue to have dinners to this day" (Wikipedia). Quarter maroon cloth and paper boards gilt stamped with facsimile signature, gilt spine lettering; some bumping to corners, and rubbing to edges. Partially unopened; some foxing to preliminaries. Near very good. [Gabler, page 317; Noling, page 357].

Price: $350.00