FIRST EDITION OF “THE EARLIEST CALIFORNIA IMPRINT DEVOTED SOLELY TO WINE-MAKING,” 1883, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE FORMER MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO, EDWARD ROBESON TAYLOR
RIXFORD, E.H. The Wine Press and the Cellar. A Manual for the Wine-Maker and the Cellar-Man. San Francisco and New York: Payot, Upham and D. Van Nostrand, 1883. Octavo, original gilt-stamped burgundy cloth, patterned endpapers.
First edition of “the earliest California imprint devoted solely to wine-making” (Gabler), with frontispiece and numerous in-text illustrations, inscribed to the former mayor of San Francisco opposite the copyright page: "Edward Robeson Taylor, with kind regards of E.H. Rixford."
Rixford was an avid and expert viticulturalist who "produced prized wines from the cabernet grape at his La Questa Vineyard in San Mateo County, south of San Francisco" (Gabler G34300). Based largely on methods used in France, The Wine Press and The Cellar is a detailed manual for California winemakers, the first California imprint to focus on wine making as distinct from vine growing. In variant binding, without gilt-stamped grape vine on front board. Simon, 14. Cagle & Stafford 646. This copy is inscribed to Edward Robeson Taylor, a lawyer and a poet who went on to become mayor of San Francisco. Taylor was appointed mayor after Charles Boxton resigned eight days into his term of office after admitting to taking bribes. Taylor became the 28th mayor of San Francisco at 68 years of age. Known as one of the city's cultural leaders, Taylor had served as a trustee of the public library and was widely regarded as a member of the city's literati. Bookplate of Edward Robeson Taylor. Bookplate of Edward Dewitt Taylor, the San Francisco landscape artist and founder of Taylor & Taylor Printers, known for quality printing.
Only a few spots of marginal foxing, slight soiling and a bit of sunning to extremities. An extremely good inscribed copy with interesting provenance.