REACH, Angus R. Claret and Olives, From the Garonne to the Rhone; Or, Notes, Social, Picturesque, and Legendary, by the Way.

London, David Bogue, 1852.


8vo. Original and rarely seen burgundy cloth, covers blocked in blind, flat gilt spine in 6 compartments, titled in 2, gilt bunches of grapes in 4; pp. viii, 264, with a wood-engraved title vignette of the shopfront of "Jasmin: Coiffeur des Jeunes Gens", and copious other fine wood-engraved illustrations throughout; expertly rebacked, new endpapers, restoration to spine ends, a little spotted, mainly at the beginning.

First edition. 'When I got to Bordeaux, having a special notion that vintages were very beautiful and poetic affairs, and a still more confirmed taste and reverence for claret, it was my object to see as much of the vintage as I could - to see the juice rush from the grape, which makes so good a figure in the bottle' (p. 11). Written just a few years before the phylloxera outbreak. Not in the usual gastronomic or enological bibliographies; however, Bitting records another book by the author, his A Romance of a Mince Pie (Bogue, 1848).