Gotha des Vins de France

Maurice des OMBIAUX

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“IS NOT WINE THE VERY ESSENCE OF LAUGHTER”: FIRST EDITION OF OMBIAUX’S LE GOTHA DES VINS DE FRANCE, 1925

OMBIAUX, Maurice des. Le Gotha des Vins de France. Paris: Payot, 1925. Quarto, original pictorial tan paper wrappers. $300.

First edition of this passionate appreciation of wine—in life, poetry, art and through the ages—published in Paris in 1925, with extensive sections on the wines of France, in original wrappers.

To wine connoisseur and author Maurice des Ombiaux, “Le degré de civilisation d’un peuple est proportionné à la qualité et à la quantité de vins qu’il consomme” (The degree of a people’s civilization is proportionate to the quality and quantity of the wines consumed). In Le gotha des vins de France, Ombiaux recalls the mythic Bacchus of antiquity, the wine of poets and fine artists, and offers extensive coverage of French wine regions. With 12 full-page and numerous in-text illustrations. Text in French. Owner signature on front wrapper, title page.

Interior fine, faint edge-toning, minor rubbing to spine price label of “36fr” affixed to the initial label.

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