18 December 2003
[DRINKING]. Wine, Beer, Ale, and Tobacco, Contending for superiority. A Dialogue. London: Printed by J.B. for John Grove, 1658.
Small 4o (182 x 128 mm). Woodcut frontispiece. (Closely trimmed with headline on C2v shaved, B2.3 with loss of a few letters at foot.) Modern brown morocco, top edge gilt, by Riviere.
Third edition. The first edition was was printed in 1629 and the second in 1630. The publisher's note to the readers: "Gentlemen; for in your drink you will be no less, I present you with this small Collation: if either Wine and Sugar, Beer and Nutmeg, a Cup of Ale and a Toft, Tobacco, or altogether, may meet your acceptation, I am glad I had it for you. There is a difference between them; but your Palate may reconcile all. If any thing distaste you, there is Water to wash your hands of the whole Pamphlet, So hoping you will accept a Pledge of my Services, and have a care on your own health, I begin to you." Very scarce: no copies of any edition appear in American Book Prices Current for at least 30 years. Bibliotheca Gastronomica 1626; Wing W2983.
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