“HIS OBSERVATIONS ARE AS VALID NOW AS THEN”: HENDERSON’S HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND MODERN WINES, 1824 FIRST EDITION
(HENDERSON, Alexander). The History of Ancient and Modern Wines. London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1824. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter red morocco gilt, marbled boards. $2800.
First edition, splendidly illustrated with mounted vignette on title page and over 30 wood-engraved initials, head- and tailpieces designed by William Harvey, Thomas Bewick's favorite and most prominent pupil. A handsome copy in contemporary morocco.
Henderson based this work on observations made during trips to the wine-growing regions of France, Italy, and Germany. "Henderson devotes 14 chapters and 228 pages to modern wines and many of his observations are as valid now as then. It is a large, well-printed text, tastefully illustrated" (Gabler). With extensive appendices, including a folding chart listing wine importations from various countries from 1785 to 1822. Gabler G23690. Simon, 6. Bitting 223. Engraved bookplate of Joseph Hope of Carlisle, from the prominent Hope family of merchants. Small booklabel of American collector Albert A. Howard ("AHA") on rear flyleaf.
Interior clean, contemporary morocco-gilt binding with expert repairs to joints and corners; still quite attractive, gilt bright.