"AN ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF MANUFACTURING AND ADULTERATING LIQUORS, BY WHICH THE USE OF POISONS AND POISONOUS COMPOUNDS ARE AVOIDED": THE BORDEAUX WINE AND LIQUOR DEALERS' GUIDE: A TREATISE ON THE MANUFACTURE AND ADULTERATION OF LIQUORS, 1858
(WINE). The Bordeaux Wine and Liquor Dealers' Guide. A Treatise on the Manufacture and Adulteration of Liquors. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1858. Octavo, original blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth. $500.
Early edition of this guide to the safe manufacture of adulterated wines and spirits, i.e. mock versions of popular alcoholic drinks.
"This book was written for a group of 'chemists' involved with the adulteration and imitation of wines and liquors. It is prefaced: 'In this book not one article in the smallest degree approximating to a poison is recommended, yet it teaches how Cognac, Brandy, Scotch and Irish Whiskey, Foreign and Domestic Rum, all kinds of wines from the choicest to the commonest, can be imitated to the perfection that the best judges cannot detect the method of manufacture" (Gabler G9890). The first edition was published by Mabie & Co. in 1857.
Mild embrowning to interior, faint soiling and slight wear to binding. An extremely good copy.