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People have been brewing beer for thousands of years Written records date ales as far back as 4000 BC. Here are books on the science and high art of brewing through the ages.

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Observations on a Bill to Permit the General Sale of Beer, by Retail in England, Most...
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Observations on a Bill to Permit the General Sale of Beer, by Retail in England, Most Respectfully Submitted to the Members of the House of Commons

by A Country Brewer

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London: Printed by W. Sears, 11, Budge Row, Walbrook, 1830. Booklet, sewn in wrappers. Octavo (22.5 x 14.5 cm.), 16 pages. FIRST & ONLY EDITION. A response to the impending Beer Act of 1830, from a "Country Brewer". The commercial policy called the Beer Act would open brewing and cider making up to all householders who paid a modest fee, and the existing brewers, all licensed by local magistrates, were pushing back. The argument made within claims that quality will decline, adulteration will proliferate, and the economic impact will be negative. To some extent the Country Brewer must have been correct. Only two weeks after the passage of the act, Sir Sydney Smith uttered his famous line, "The Sovereign people are in a beastly state. Everybody is drunk. Those who are not singing are sprawling." Internally near fine, in contemporary, but not original, edge-worn brown wrappers with a hand-lettered label; wrappers now separated at hinge. With the ownership inscription, "H. Stokes, July 20, 1886". [OCLC… Read More
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The Art of Brewing. Part I & Part II. Published under the superintendence of the Society for the...
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The Art of Brewing. Part I & Part II. Published under the superintendence of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge

by [Booth, David]; Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

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London: Baldwin and Cradock, Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Robertson and Atkinson, Glasgow, W.F. Wakeman, Dublin, and G. and C. Carvill, New York, 1829. Two volumes. Octavos (22.7 x 15.2 cm.), 32, [4] pages; 32, [2] pages. With six steel engraved illustrations of equipment in the text, and additional charts and tables. Advertisements. FIRST EDITION. Two additional volumes were issued in 1834 by F.J. Madon of London. A practical explanation of brewing ingredients, equipment and processes. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, was a London-based society formed in the early nineteenth century whose intention was to publish educational treatises on a wide range of topics so that individuals who could not obtain formal education could educate themselves. Previous owner's name in ink to title page. Offsetting to first and final pages of text block, otherwise internally near fine. In later, but contemporary brown paper wrappers, with hand lettered label to each. Edges of wrappers of both volumes… Read More
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Modern Domestic Cookery, and useful Receipt Book, adapted for Families in the Middling and Gentel...
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Modern Domestic Cookery, and useful Receipt Book, adapted for Families in the Middling and Gentel Ranks of Life, with a Complete Family Physician. Instructions for Making British Wines, Brewing, Baking, &c.,&c

by Hammond, Elizabeth

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London: Dean & Munday, 1820. Duodecimo, iv, 288 pages. Illustrated frontispiece and four engraved plates. Third edition, probable second printing. The book sports two title pages, one dated 1819 and one 1820, which leads us to presume that the printer just added the 1820 title page without removing the former. A fairly popular work that Oxford indicates had at least nine editions. Includes some interesting medical remedies, including this one for headache: "This unpleasant pain may be prevented by wearing the hair short, and by washing the head daily in cold water; then rub the hair dry, and expose it to the air." Some spotting and foxing throughout. Original olive colored moire cloth with leather spine label. Some wear to front hinge. [Cagle 720, 721, & 722 note other editions; as does Oxford page 143-44; Simon BG cites the 1819 and 1828 editions].
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Directions for Using the Patent Saccharometer, for brewing ale and beer, at all times to the same...

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Liverpool: Printed by M. Galway & Co. 1814. First (only?) edition, 12, [1, list of instruments with prices], [1, blank]pp., recent paper wrappers. John Dicas was a scientific instrument maker, active in Liverpool, between 1774 and 1797. He was succeeded by his daughters Mary and Ann, who continued to operate the business until some time after 1837 when it was then taken over by Joseph Long. In 1780 John Dicas was awarded UK patent 1,259 for "constructing hydrometers with sliding-rules to ascertain spirit strength". (Hopp, 'Slide Rules. Their History, Models, and Makers'. 1999). A printed thirteen-line "Caution" on verso of the title-page warns against instruments on sale in London and Dublin stamped "Dicas" which are not of of her [Mary Arstall] manufacture. Not traced in Copac or OCLC.
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La nouvelle maison rustique, ou, Économie generale de tous les biens de campagne : la maniere...
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La nouvelle maison rustique, ou, Économie generale de tous les biens de campagne : la maniere de les entretenir & de les multiplier

by LIGER, Louis

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1749 Liger Rustic House Bees Beekeeping Hunting Wine Cuisine Maison Rustique 2v

Louis Liger was a prominent 17th-century French writer known for his works on flora and fauna. He is chiefly remembered for his major work 'Nouvelle Maison Rustique,' or 'The New Rustic House.' Originally titled 'General Economics of Country Goods,' this work went through dozens of editions and reissues following its initial release in 1700. This work covers all aspects of rural life in an encyclopedic form including hunting, gardening, fishing, falconry, wine and beer making, cooking, and bee keeping.

This two-volume sixth edition is filled with 34 fascinating full-page and folding plates as well as 30 in-text woodcut engravings. The 5th-10th editions of 'Maison Rustique' were edited by Henri Besnier.

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La nouvelle maison rustique, ou, Économie generale de tous les biens de campagne : la maniere de les entretenir & de les multiplier
Paris : Chez Saugrain fils, 1749.… Read More
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Advice to the Privileged Orders in the Several States of Europe
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Advice to the Privileged Orders in the Several States of Europe

by BARLOW, Joel

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1793 Joel Barlow Privileged Orders French Revolution Thomas Paine + Beer Brewing

Joel Barlow was an important 18th-century American diplomat who wrote several controversial treatises and pamphlets in which he supported the French Revolution. One such work was 'Advice to the Privileged Orders'. First published in 1792, this work was Barlow working through his promotion of the Revolution, offering advice who were seeking to understand answers against the government. This work became closely associated with Thomas Paine's 'Rights of Man', and the two were often studied in conjunction with one another.

This volume includes Barlow's important treatise as well as other curious 18th-century pamphlets such as:
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Samuel Child, 'Every Man His Own Brewer'
o London: Drinc, 1792.
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Robert Peel, 'The National Debt Productive of National Prosperity
o Warrington: Eyers, 1787.
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Herbert Croft, 'The Abbey of Kilkhampton'
o London: G. Kearsley, 1788.
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Jean Maury, John Lake; "The… Read More
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The Bottling Of English Beers

The Bottling Of English Beers

by Arthur Hartley

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London: The Brewing Trade Review, 1906. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Exceptionally scarce. In VG order throughout bar foxing to block edge and early/late pages. Small neat stamp of The Lion Brewery Company to fep with handwritten date 24th May/07. Smart black boards lightly worn, just a little more so at head and foot of spine. 8vo. 222pp.
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Drunken Barnaby's four journeys to the north of England: In Latin and English metre. Wittily and...
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Drunken Barnaby's four journeys to the north of England: In Latin and English metre. Wittily and merrily (tho' an hundred years ago) compos'd; found among some old musty books ... and now at last made publick ; Together with Bessy Bell.

by BRATHWAIT, Richard

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1723 Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys Brathwait English Satire Alcohol Wine Beer

Richard Brathwait was a 17th-century English poet who is best known for his travel records of his journeys through England entitled 'Barnabae Itinerarium'. More commonly known as 'Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys', this book is a satirical, humorous work which made light of drunkenness, persuading the reader that it was "the very fountain from which all wit flowed." (Critical Review, 1805).
This 1723 edition was notable, not only for its full-page engravings, but for the inclusion of additional English notes and prefatory material, not in the previous two editions. Like other versions, this work features both English and Latin translations in verse, which contain descriptions of English towns and a vast knowledge of Latin classical works.

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The Gentleman’s Magazine: and historical Chronicle volume XXXI
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The Gentleman’s Magazine: and historical Chronicle volume XXXI

by URBAN, Sylvanus [Edward Cave]

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1761 1ed Egyptian Mummies St Malo Raid Atlas MAPS Beer Brewing Ceylon Sri Lanka
The Gentleman's Magazine was an English periodical which first appeared in 1731. It was published without interrupt for nearly 200 years and was the first of its kind to use the term 'magazine'. It was published by Edward Cave, pseud. Sylvanus Urban.
This volume from the 1761 edition includes a variety of important and interesting contents including:
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Account of the British naval raid on St. Malo, 1758
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Description of Ceylon in the mid-18th-century
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Details and description on Egyptian mummification and embalming
o Egyptian gods – Harpocrates, Isis, Osiris
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Sugar trade in the Americas
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Processes of brewing beer (with a full-page engraving of the setup)
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URBAN, Sylvanus [Edward Cave]
The Gentleman's Magazine: and historical Chronicle volume XXXI
London: printed for D. Henry, 1761. 1st edition

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Manual of Alcoholic Fermentation And the Allied Industries
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Manual of Alcoholic Fermentation And the Allied Industries

by Charles G. Matthews

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London: Edwin Arnold, 1901. Hardcover. Good+. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and the publisher's monogram stamped in blind on the front cover. Faint lab or chemical odor. Light blemish on the spine where a shelf-label had been; boards rubbed and lightly worn at spine ends and along edges of spine. Previous owners' names on endpapers. Interior is generally clean, aside from some pencil underlining. 48 illustrations. xv, 295, plus [4] pages adversing. 18.3 x 12 cm. Text on the organic chemical processes of fermentation, with some discussion of the production of wine and beer. Contents: [I] Alcoholic Fermentation. General Considerations Leading to Special Ones. [II] Alcoholic Fermentation as a Property of Living Cells. [III] The Saccharomycetes, the Other Organisms Acting as Alcoholic Ferments. [IV] The Effect of Physical and Chemical Influences on the Yeast Organism. [V] Chemical Science. [VI] The Carbohydrates. [VII] Nitrogenous Substances and the Nutrition of Yeast.… Read More
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[Dispute between Wine and Beer in Venetian dialect] Contrasto fra el Vin e la Birra interessante...

[Dispute between Wine and Beer in Venetian dialect] Contrasto fra el Vin e la Birra interessante per tuti gli Osti e Magazinieri

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Foglio volante (mm 385x255), stampato solo al recto. Rarissimo 'contrasto' tra il vino e la birra in dialetto veneziano, non privo di una connotazione risorgimentale.
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OUR HUNDREDTH YEAR: 1842-1942; [cover title] To Commemorate Our 100th Year: The F. & M. Schaefer...
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OUR HUNDREDTH YEAR: 1842-1942; [cover title] To Commemorate Our 100th Year: The F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Co., America's Oldest Lager Beer

by [Beer]

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(New York: Schaefer Brewing/ William E. Rudge's Sons, 1942). First edition. Commemorative book issued on the 100th anniversary of the founding of NYC's longest operating brewery by German brothers Frederick and Maximilian Scheafer. Oblong folio glossy red paper-covered boards with 2 gold embossed medallions on front; profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs and one-color plate; unpaginated. This copy still housed in the original tan-and-black box/shipping container with printed red label featuring picture of the 2-sides of the commemorative medal (as on the book's front cover) nestled in a bed of grains as well as space for personalization and/or address. The cardboard box is fair but mostly intact, missing only half of top end and with fragile outer layers of paper showing flaking and wear. Book is near fine. Would appear to be quite rare in the original box.
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Starting Your Own Brewery

Starting Your Own Brewery

by Dick Cantwell

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Brewers Publications, 2013. Near Fine. Clean and unmarked. Tight binding. Minor shelf wear to cover. Photo is of the copy at Barbed Wire Books.
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COTTAGE DOMESTIC ECONOMY.  Extracts from Cobbett and other Writers.
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COTTAGE DOMESTIC ECONOMY. Extracts from Cobbett and other Writers.

by THYNNE, Isabella Elizabeth 2nd MARCHIONESS OF BATH (compiler). Isabella Byng.:

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Frome, printed by Crockers, 1829.. FIRST EDITION, 1829. Small 8vo, in sixes, approximately 180 x 110 mm, 7 x 4¼ inches, pages:1-155, including title page, foreword, introduction and index, bound in publisher's quarter tan roan, with grey boards and no lettering to spine. Small crack to top of upper hinge, pale spotting to title page and margins next 4 leaves, otherwise contents clean, binding tight and firm, no loose pages. A very good copy of a scarce cookery book. OCLC locates 3 copies in the US libraries, 1 in New Zealand and only 1 copy in UK listed in the British Library, see Library Hub Discover. The preface of the compiler is signed "I. B. from Longleat", that is Isabella Byng who married the 2nd Marquess of Bath in 1794. She addresses the work to the cottagers of her neighbourhood and regrets being unable to interest herself in their welfare at that time due to ill health. In fact she died a year later in 1830. The book is intended to assist her cottagers to manage their daily lives and to… Read More
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A COLLECTION OF LETTERS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF HUSBANDRY AND TRADE.  Includes essays on farming,...
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A COLLECTION OF LETTERS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF HUSBANDRY AND TRADE. Includes essays on farming, bread, cider, money and trade, commodity prices, notices of books relating to agriculture.

by HOUGHTON, John, Fellow of the Royal Society.:

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London, printed for JOHN LAWRENCE, at the Angel in Cornhill near the Royal Exchange, 1681.. VOLUME 1 ONLY, The first trade & agriculture periodical in England 1681, comlete with all 15 parts, the SECOND VOLUME which is missing had six parts, no more published. Although the title page is dated 1681 each issue has a separate imprint, the last number 15 is dated 1683. Small 4to, approximately 190 x 140 mm, 7½ x 5½ inches, pages: title page, 1-184, bound in old sheep, rebacked with paler leather, 2 black leather gilt lettered labels and gilt pattern dots to spine, 2 bookplates of previous owners. Binding rubbed and lightly scuffed, corners slightly worn and 1 with small repair, occasional pale age-browning, strip of browning to edges of pastedowns and endpapers, "Winchilsea" in old ink to top of first page, free endpapers slightly chipped at edges otherwise a very good copy. Part 12 has a chapter by JOHN EVELYN, pages 127-136: "An Account of bread from the Learned John Evelyn Esquire; Entituled,… Read More
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