New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1933. 3rd Printing. Hardcover. Octavo size, 263 pp. Very good / good. Item #17082202
Gladys Bronwyn Stern (1890-1973) was an author and critic whose prose has been called brilliant, irresistible,and hilarious as she recounts her 1926 tour of the French vinyards with her husband, Johnny, and her friends, Rosemary and Humphrey (and it was to these three that she dedicated the book). The New York Times in 1927 called this book " a triumphal tour - Mrs. Stern has set it down with that happy sense of humor, that perfect eye for the ridiculous and that instinctive understanding of French character that lifts ‘Bouquet’ very far from the usual dry book about wine...". We were captivated with the opening line: "I have had so much work to do that I have not had time to get drunk for several weeks, and, signore, my health is suffering from it". ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in green cloth with publisher's device and ruled border in burgundy on the front cover, spine with burgundy lettering and yellow decorations, top edge dyed green, frontispiece a facsimile of a bill from the Hotel de France, twelve other illustrations throughout, vintage seller's ticket on the rear pastedown (The May Co.); octavo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [xiv], 263, [1 blank]. Dust jacket with a pictorial wrap-around in black and yellow with decorative green and yellow lettering and a wine glass on the front cover, teal lettering on the spine, front flap has a summary of the book, back flap a publisher's ad. ***CONDITION: Volume very good condition overall with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; the corners, head and tail of the spine have slight wear, light discolouration to the front and back boards. Dust jacket is unclipped (although with no printed price), in good condition with overall wear and tears to corners and edges, long tears along the folds at the joints, there is some discolouration due to age, a small piece at the bottom of the back panel has adhered to the back cover of the book leaving a small chip in the jacket. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.