Paris: Societe les Belles Lettres, 1958. Original wraps. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 850 pp., in French. Near fine. Item #CNJL2086
These two volumes comprise the history of the vineyards in the Cote d'Or region in France: the first volume tells of the history and the men who worked the vineyards, the effects of the Ancien Regime and its collapse during the French Revolution, the standard of living in the area, and stories of the winemakers in public life; the second volume includes methods used to make wine from grapes, and appendices and plates to accompany the first volume. Both volumes are still in their original wrappers (in the traditional French style) with unopened signatures, giving these deceptively simple titles a soft beauty palpable to the touch.
___DESCRIPTION: Original paper wrappers, black lettering on the spine and both wrappers with black seal on the front wrapper, it appears as though all signatures are unopened, second volume includes tables and appendices about the process of winemaking in Cote d'Or; octavo size (9.75" by 6.5"), pagination: Volume I: [1-7] 8-569; Volume II: [1-7] 8-281, please note that these volumes are entirely in French.
___CONDITION: Volumes are both near fine, with clean paper wrappers with a stray crease and one or two corners gently bumped, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the top and bottom corners of the spine of Volume I is slightly bumped, else fine; overall, in remarkable condition, apparently never read.
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