WINES OF THE WORLD, SUPERBLY BOUND IN FULL INLAID MOROCCO
SIMON, Andre L. Wines of the World. London: The Arcadia Press; McGraw-Hill, 1969. Thick quarto, original full red morocco, with gilt decoration of a bunch of wine grapes with grape leaves of inlaid green morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; housed in original cloth clamshell box. $1750.
Signed limited first edition, number 3 of only 265 copies of this special edition, signed by the editor and expressly designed and bound in full inlaid morocco by Zaehnsdorf for the Arcadia Press.
One of the best known and most prolific authors on wine, "Simon's knowledge of wine was encyclopedic, and his literary style is imaginative, clear, concise and distinctive" (Gabler, 248). Throughout his life, he collected wine and wine books, founded numerous clubs and societies, including The Wine Trade club, the Saintsbury Club, and the International Wine and Food Society, making him one of the most famous oenophiles of all time. With articles by the editor and seven other contributors on the wines of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Americas, Australia, North and South Africa, Portugal, Eastern and Western Europe, and other countries. Illustrated with maps and color photographs; with a glossary, bibliography, and index.