Illustrated Guide to Wine

George RAINBIRD   |   Hugh PIGOTT

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"WINE MAKETH GLAD THE HEART OF MAN": LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF RAINBIRD'S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO WINE, ONE OF ONLY 25 COPIES SIGNED BY HIM, A SPLENDID ASSOCIATION COPY ESPECIALLY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO GILT BY ZAEHNSDORF FOR BRITISH FINANCIER HUGH PIGOTT

(PIGOTT, Hugh) RAINBIRD, George. An Illustrated Guide to Wine. (London): Octopus, (1983). Tall square quarto (9-3/4 by 11-1/2 inches), original publisher's full crushed black morocco, red-green-gilt onlay of grapes to front board, marbled endpapers, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, all edges gilt, original slipcase. $1800.

Signed limited first edition, number seven of only 25 copies signed by Rainbird on the publisher's tipped-in leaf, a sumptuous association copy specially bound in full morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf for prominent British financier Hugh Pigott with his name gilt-stamped to the front board, richly illustrated with hundreds of color photographic illustrations in publisher's original slipcase.

British wine connoisseur and publisher Rainbird, whose works on wine include Sherry and the Wines of Spain (1966) and The Subtle Alchemist (1973), died in 1986. He was highly respected as an innovative publisher and author who "had vision, allied to a genuine love of books… Rainbird's greatest interest outside books was wine. He became a close friend of Andre Simon, and succeeded him as chairman of the International Wine and Food Society" (London Times). This beautiful limited first edition of his Illustrated Guide to Wine, signed by Rainbird, is one of only 25 copies specially bound in full morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf: this select copy bound for leading British financier Hugh Pigott with his name gilt-stamped on the front board. Pigott, who died in 2017, was a trusted and esteemed figure with expertise in London financial markets, who also authored the monthly Journal of International Banking and Finance Law from a decade.

A fine copy.

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