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The Bordeaux Wine and Liquor Dealers' Guide. A treatise on the manufacture and adulteration of liquors. By a Practical Liquor Manufacturer.
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, No. 18 Ann Street, 1858. Duodecimo, xvii, 146, [4] pages. Advertisements. First Dick & Fitzgerald printing; originally issued in 1857 by Mabie & Co. and then, starting in 1858 by Dick & Fitzgerald. One of the most popular guides to making all types of wines and spirits from various base alcohols. For each type of wine or spirit, the book alternates between a description... (Item #6078)
Price: $400.00
The Bordeaux Wine and Liquor Dealers' Guide. A treatise on the manufacture and adulteration of liquors. By a Practical Liquor Manufacturer. A Practical Liquor Manufacturer.
2.
On Drink. Nicolas Bentley Drew the Pictures.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1972. Octavo, 109 pages. First edition. Review copy, with lavender review slip laid-in. A masterwork of drink literature. In in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. (Item #3193)
Price: $250.00
On Drink. Nicolas Bentley Drew the Pictures. Kingsley Amis.
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“An Act for granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines and Spirits distilled, sold by Retail, and upon Lemmons and Limes” from Acts and Laws, Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Begun and Held at Boston upon Wednesday the Twenty-fifth Day of May 1737.
[Boston]: Printed by J. Draper, Printer to His Excellency the Governour and Council, 1737. 29.3 x 18.5, 593-598 loose pages (3 leaves). Bears the coat of arms of King George II, printed in black ink on the first page. An act of colonial legislation ruling that retailers of alcohol must keep full sales accounts and levy taxes; specifically “an excise upon all brandy, rum and other spirits distilled, and upon... (Item #4113)
Price: $350.00
“An Act for granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines and Spirits distilled, sold by Retail, and upon Lemmons and Limes” from Acts and Laws, Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Begun and Held at Boston upon Wednesday the Twenty-fifth Day of May 1737. Colonial American Spirits Legislation, Royal Arm.
4.
Grand Reception of the Liquor Dealers, Brewers, and Bottlers Beneficial Association, of Philadelphia, at the Academy of Music, February 2d., 1880.
Philadelphia: 1880. Champagne bottle-shaped die cut, (19 x 7 cm.), 12 pages, plus card cover. Chromolithograph illustrated wrappers, bound with a brass grommet. Decorative blue and white silk cord and tassel. The text outlines the Officer and Trustees, Conductors, The Programme (a series of Marches and Promenades, Quadrilles and Waltzes), Supper is served in the foyer. Fine. (Item #5635)
Price: $350.00
Grand Reception of the Liquor Dealers, Brewers, and Bottlers Beneficial Association, of Philadelphia, at the Academy of Music, February 2d., 1880. Dance Card – Spirits dealers.
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Stimulants. Uses and How Best Conserved. Moral and Legal Reform Methods.
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1888. Duodecimo, 61 pages. First edition. Ostensibly a pro-alcohol temperance tract. The author argues for some middle ground between prohibition and complete freedom, even suggesting that the crimes committed by those under the influence should be met with hanging, while drinking itself should not be criminalized. A near fine copy, with only very slight edge rubbing to the publisher's blind stamped forest green boards. (Item #2005)
Price: $90.00
Stimulants. Uses and How Best Conserved. Moral and Legal Reform Methods. J. M. Emerson.
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The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines. Showing how all the favorite brands and various grades of whiskeys brandies wines &c &c are prepared by dealers and rectifiers for the trade giving directions for making all the ingredients used in their preparation. And valuable information concerning Whiskeys in Bond.
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald Publishers, 18 Ann Street, 1885. Octavo, 68, [4 ads], pages. First edition. Contains detailed information on blending to create imitations of popular spirits, but also recipes for bitters, cordials, essences, syrups, and more. The author's preface states, "It is a generally well understood fact that the thirsty individual who takes his glass of whiskey at any of even the first-class public bars, saloons, or parlors... (Item #4340)
Price: $750.00
The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines. Showing how all the favorite brands and various grades of whiskeys brandies wines &c &c are prepared by dealers and rectifiers for the trade giving directions for making all the ingredients used in their preparation. And valuable information concerning Whiskeys in Bond. Joseph Fleischman.
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The Mint Julep.
Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1975. Small octavo, 54 pages. First trade edition, wrappered issue, following the privately printed edition issued by the Beehive Press. Fine in pale green wrappers. (Item #2557)
Price: $30.00
The Mint Julep. Richard Barksdale Harwell.
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The Mint Julep.
Savannah: The Beehive Press, 1975. Small octavo (21 x 13 cm.), 59, [1] pages. FIRST EDITION, limited to 300 copies, one hundred for the author and two hundred for the publisher. Harwell's elegant volume provides a delightful foray into the ceremonial, traditional, and regional history of the Old South's favorite drink. Taking the reader through several oft-debated recipes for creating the perfect julep, Harwell unveils the elusive history behind the... (Item #6516)
Price: $90.00
The Mint Julep. Richard Barksdale Harwell.
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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... (Item #6514)
Price: $1,500.00
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The Still and I
New York: Vantage Press, 1981. Octavo, 109 pages. First edition. A personal memoir of a Prohibition-era moonshiner. Kivley makes an appearance in Karl Baarlag's Robbery by Mail: the Story of U.S. Postal Inspectors (New York, 1938), where he is described as a rural justice of the peace turned bootlegger. Bit of bumping to brown cloth; lacking the dust jacket. Near very good. (Item #6151)
Price: $40.00
The Still and I. Melvin Kivley.
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Cognac and Other Brandies.
London: Harper Trade Journals Limited, 1968. Octavo, 153 pages. Illustrated. First edition. A fine description of the history of cognac, and of the development of the distilling process as it applies to brandies in general. With information on the various vineyards and a collection of recipes for cooking with brandy. Previous owner's signature to end papers and to half-title, otherwise very good in a near very good dust jacket, with... (Item #3068)
Price: $75.00
Cognac and Other Brandies. Layton, homas, rthur.
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Scotch. The Whiskey of Scotland in Fact and Story.
London: Putnam, 1959. Octavo, 184 pages. Later printing. An historical overview and personal history from a native of Speyside. From the origins to the era of the book's publication. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket designed by William McLaren. (Item #2853)
Price: $35.00
Scotch. The Whiskey of Scotland in Fact and Story. Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart.
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Reports and Bills Relating to the Sale of Spiritous Liquors.
[Place of publication not identified]: 1839. Stab-sewn booklet (25 x 15.5 cm.), 46 pages. Bastard title page. FIRST EDITION. A landmark legal action, containing the Report, Minority Report, and finally the Act to regulate the sale of alcohol in the state of Massachusetts This was the first attempt to regulate temperance by law, limiting the sale of alcohol in quantities smaller than fifteen gallons. The Act passed April 19th of... (Item #5996)
Price: $150.00
Reports and Bills Relating to the Sale of Spiritous Liquors. Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives.
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Aku-Tiki Restaurant. Acapulco.
Acapulco. Mexico: n.d. Die-cut menu, 9x22 cm, 8 pages. A scarce tiki menu from Mexico. Little seems to be known about the Acapulco Aku-Tiki, and this undated menu does not include a drinks list, which is a shame. The menu itself is die-cut in the shape of a tiki head/mask, is sewn with green silk cord. Very near fine. Rare. (Item #3661)
Price: $150.00
Aku-Tiki Restaurant. Acapulco. Menu - Tiki.
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Les Eaux-de-vie et les alcools, guide pratique du Bouilleur de cru et du Distillateur... Troisieme Edition.
Paris: Librarie Hachette et Cie. 1914. Small octavo, 170 pages. Illustrated throughout with steel engravings. Third edition. A thorough and detailed manual for the production of fruit brandies, or "waters of life". Includes sections on producing eaux de vie from wine, cider, pear, noyaux (apricot pits), marc (the solid pommace left over from wine production). and more. Some light soiling, and printed paper spine label age darkened, otherwise very good... (Item #2729)
Price: $250.00
Les Eaux-de-vie et les alcools, guide pratique du Bouilleur de cru et du Distillateur... Troisieme Edition. G. Pagès.
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Bourbon.
Palaemon Press Limited, 1981. Octavo, unpaginated. No. 26 of 150 numbered copies, signed by the author. First published in Esquire in 1975, this essay by a drinker, not a connoisseur, flies uncomfortably close to the truth. "Anyone who messes around with gin and egg whites deserves what he gets. I should have stuck with bourbon and have from that day to this." In decorated paper boards over tan cloth, with... (Item #3092)
Price: $400.00
Bourbon. Walker Percy.
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Specialitäten edler Getränke aus der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Special'nye sorta blagorodnych napitkov iz Germanskoj Demokraticeskoj Respubliki. Specialities in choice drinks from the German Democratic Republic.
East Berlin, GDR: Ministerium f. Lebensmittelindustrie, 1957. Oblong octavo, 36 pages. Illustrated throughout. Parallel text in English, Russian, German, Spanish, and French. First edition. A promotional publication for the wines, beers and spirits of the German Democratic Republic, produced in East Berlin. Illustrations and descriptions accompany the long list of beers, brandies, fruit spirits, vodkas, bitters, cordials, and champagnes. In the rear of the booklet, are the names and addresses... (Item #4938)
Price: $450.00
Specialitäten edler Getränke aus der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Special'nye sorta blagorodnych napitkov iz Germanskoj Demokraticeskoj Respubliki. Specialities in choice drinks from the German Democratic Republic. Promotional publication – East German Spirits.
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Thirst Aid for the Ailing Party.
New York: Oldetyme Distillers, Inc. 1936. Stapled booklet, 26 pages. First edition. A promotional cocktail recipe book, from the makers of Green River Whiskey, Three Feathers Whiskey, and Gold and Silver Feathers Gin. Each recipe is accompanied by a vignette with a humorous illustration by Ronan. Proskauer was President of the Society of American Magicians, a friend of Harry Houdini, and an exposer of frauds and hoaxes. This was Proskauer's... (Item #5162)
Price: $120.00
Thirst Aid for the Ailing Party. Julien J. Proskauer, J. P. Ronan.
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Small Archive Marking the End of Prohibition.
Baltimore: 1933. Manuscript and typescript letters and notes, mostly 26.6 x 20.3 cm. Three typed letters and manuscript inventory compiled by Howard L. Belt of Baltimore, an import agent. The forty-three-page inventory or log tracks Belt’s incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding the importation and distribution of alcohol in the United States and notes the general subject of each letter’s content. Three letters, all referenced in the inventory, illustrate Belt’s relationship... (Item #3765)
Price: $350.00
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Drinking Cups and Their Customs. Second Edition.
London: John Van Vorst, Paternaster Row, 1869. Octavo, 62 pages + ads. Color frontispiece. Second edition. "A collection of recipes for the brewing of compound drinks, technically termed 'Cups'" (Preface). Some darkening to edges of boards, otherwise fine. Quite scarce in the marketplace. [Noling Beverage Literature, page 348]. (Item #2548)
Price: $200.00
Drinking Cups and Their Customs. Second Edition. G. E. & H. M. D. Porter Roberts.
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Small archive of items related to classic Tiki bartender Alex Stergios.
Circa 1930. Five pieces of Tiki-bar related ephemera, including: a photograph of Alex Stergios, inscibed to Dick Gump in Taihiti in 1930; Gump's Guest Membership Card in the Tahiti Yacht Club, two labels for the "Alex Rainbow Cocktail" and a handbill for Stergios' Rendevous club in San Francisco. Stergios was the bartender at the Tahiti Yacht Club in Papeete, Tahiti. Later after moving to the states, he was co-owner, with... (Item #4894)
Price: $350.00
Small archive of items related to classic Tiki bartender Alex Stergios. Alex Stergios, Dick Gump.
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H.H. Hatch & Co., (successors to Skeels & Hatch), Importers and wholesale dealers in pure Rye & Bourbon Whiskies. 125 River Street, Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland, OH: H.H. Hatch & Co. [circa 1870]. Trade card, (7 x 12cm). Printed one side in black and gold, on pale red card stock. The 1886 Directory, Leading Manufacturers and Merchants of the City of Cleveland and Environs, describes the firm as follows. "One of the best-known houses in Cleveland is that of H. B. Hatch & Co.', importers and wholesale liquor dealers. This house dates its foundation from... (Item #4889)
Price: $150.00
H.H. Hatch & Co., (successors to Skeels & Hatch), Importers and wholesale dealers in pure Rye & Bourbon Whiskies. 125 River Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Trade Card - Whiskey, H. H. Hatch, Co.
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Likero-Vodochniye Izdeliya. [Wine and Liquor Products].
N.p. Ministerstvo Pishevoy Promishlennocti, [circa 1950]. Octavo-sized, accordion fold (25 x 18 cm.), [24] pages. Illustrated with seventeen color plates by C.B. Popov. First edition. A trade catalogue of Russian liquors, issued by the Russian Ministry of Food. The spirits are of all types, with a wide range of vodkas, but also a rich variety of cordials, brandies and dessert liqueurs. The handsome color plates all stand out for their... (Item #5503)
Price: $750.00
Likero-Vodochniye Izdeliya. [Wine and Liquor Products]. Trade Catalogue – Russian spirits.
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En el ano de graci de 1864 [title from cover].
Barcelona: Destilerias Escat, 1948. Stapled booklet (17 x 12 cm.), 32 pages. Illustrated throughout in Cromotecnica. First edition. An attractively-produced promotional booklet for various spirits and liqueurs of Destilerias Escat. The spirits include Anis de la Corona, Anis, Conac Y Ron Escarchados, Kummel no.00, Crema de Cacao, Conac Jerezano (and other conacs), Anisette Burdeos, Estomacal Escat, Vit, Absenta, Crema de Naranja y Bitter, Ron Criolla (and other rums), Peppermint, Curasao... (Item #5344)
Price: $450.00
En el ano de graci de 1864 [title from cover]. Trade Catalogue, José de Borja, Barcelona Destilerias Escat.
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An essay, medical, philosophical, and chemical, on drunkenness : and its effects on the human body, by Thomas Trotter. The First Philadelphia Edition, corrected and enlarged.
Boston; Philadelphia: Bradford & Read and A. Finley, John Bouvier, printer, 1813. Octavo (17.5 x 11.5 cm.), vii, 203, [1] pages. Publisher's one page advertisement at rear. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, Boston issue with altered imprint. The first published edition was issued by Longman in London 1804. The first book-length consideration of the phenomenon of alcohol dependence and its treatment. Thomas Trotter (1760-1832), was a Scottish naval officer and Physician to... (Item #6660)
Price: $900.00