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Beer and brewing

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.



Observations on a Bill to Permit the General Sale of Beer, by Retail in England, Most...
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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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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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LIGER, Louis
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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The Complete Economical Cook and Frugal Housewife
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The Complete Economical Cook and Frugal Housewife: An Entire New System of Domestic Cookery, Containing Approved Directions for Purchasing, Preserving, and Cooking.

by Mary Holland

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Twelfth edition
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Title continued: "...Also, Trussing & Carving; preparing soups, gravies, sauces, made dishes, potting, pickling, &c. With directions for pastry and confectionery. Likewise the art of making British wines, brewing, baking, gardening, &c." Rebound brown half morocco with marbled boards, as well as 5 raised bands and gilt particulars to spine. xl, 288 pp. 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches.
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A New System of Domestic Cookery;
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A New System of Domestic Cookery;: Formed upon Principles of Economy: and adapted to the use of private families.

by "By a lady" [Maria Eliza Rundell]

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1/2 Brown morocco over marbled boards; 5 raised bands and gilt particulars to spine. Deckle edges. Black and white illustrations throughout. [xx], xxx, 354 pp. 4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
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The wine and spirit merchant : a familiar treatise for practical men on the management of wines...
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The wine and spirit merchant : a familiar treatise for practical men on the management of wines and spirits in all their varieties

by LOFTUS, William R

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1880 Wine & Spirit Merchant BEER Brewing Liquor Loftus Viticulture Alcohol

'The Wine and Spirit Merchant' is a late 19th-century instructional manual on managing bars, alcohol, wines and spirts, and brewing beer. It is a compendium of available taps and barrels, bottle openers, types of wines, and all other wine related topics.

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LOFTUS, William R
The wine and spirit merchant : a familiar treatise for practical men on the management of wines and spirits in all their varieties
London : W.R. Loftus, [1880].

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o [2], xi, 357, [23], 24
· Language: English
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· Size: ~7in X 4.5in (18cm x 12cm)
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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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VINETUM BRITANNICUM, or a TREATISE OF CIDER and other wines and drinks extracted from fruits...
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VINETUM BRITANNICUM, or a TREATISE OF CIDER and other wines and drinks extracted from fruits growing in this Kingdom. With the method of propagating all sorts of vinous fruit-trees.To which is added, APIARIUM or a Discourse of BEES.

by WORLIDGE, John. ISABEL SOMERSET'S COPY.:

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For the most expeditious making of CIDER. And also the right way of making METHEGLIN and BIRCH-WINE. The APIARIUM was not included in the FIRST EDITION. SECOND EDITION MUCH ENLARGED 1678. 8vo, approximately 175 x 115 mm, 7 x 4½ inches, engraved frontispiece to Vinetum, (misbound after title page), plus three engraved plates, headpiece and decorated initial to first page, engraved frontispiece and title page to Apiarium, pages: [24], 1-240; [10], 1-42, [12], the last page is the Errata with a catchword (TO) which is a printer's error, this copy collates the same as ESTC R34758. Bound in full modern calf, gilt lettered label to spine, blind rules to covers, endpapers replaced at time of binding, ISABEL SOMERSET'S bookplate on first pastedown. Spine slightly rubbed and darkened, fore-edge on 3 pages of preface have pale browning, nowhere near text, ink library stamp of the Rothamsted Experimental Station, Herts, on blank first free endpaper, tip of 1 lower corner neatly repaired, 3 tiny old ink letters… Read More
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANTING AND MANAGING HOPS AND FOR RAISING HOP-POLES. Drawn up and Published by...
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANTING AND MANAGING HOPS AND FOR RAISING HOP-POLES. Drawn up and Published by Order of the DUBLIN SOCIETY.

by DUBLIN SOCIETY.:

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Dublin: Printed by A. Rhames, Printer to the Dublin Society, MDCCXXXIII (1733).. PAMPHLET, FIRST EDITION 1733. 8vo, approximately 195 x 115 mm, 7½ x 4½ inches, 2 headpieces, a few small text illustrations, pages: [2], 3-79, [1], small ink correction to page 65, bound in library cloth with gilt title to spine, gilt private library stamp to bottom of lower cover (Rothamsted Laboratory, Lawes Trust), new endpapers at time of rebinding. Title page a little dusty with a couple of small ink letters, otherwise a very good copy. See: Blanche Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800, Volume 3, page 37, No. 665; Catalogue of Botanical Books in the Collection of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, Volume II, page 155, No. 492; Mary S. Aslin, Rothamsted Experimental Station Library, Catalogue of the Printed Books on Agriculture 1471-1840, page 173 lineage listing; G.E. Fussell, More Old English Farming Books 1731-1793, page 21; Sotheby's, Marcus and Elizabeth Crahan, Collection of Books on… Read More
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THE COMPLEAT CYDERMAN, or, the Present Practice of Raising Plantations of the Best Cyder Apple...
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THE COMPLEAT CYDERMAN, or, the Present Practice of Raising Plantations of the Best Cyder Apple and Perry-Trees, with the improvemnet of their Excellent Juices.

by [ELLIS, William].:

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London, printed for R. Baldwin at the Rose in Pater-noster-Row, 1754.. Shewing, I. The Benefit of making Plantations with the right Sort of Cyder Apple and Perry Pear-Trees. II. Of the various Soils, and proper Situations for Plantations of the Hereford and Southams right Cyder Apple and Perry Pear-Trees. III. Of raising and planting the right Sort of these Trees. IV. Various Methods of dressing and pruning these Trees. V. Of gathering, hoarding, and sweating, Cyder and Perry Fruit. VI. Of fermenting and racking Cyder and Perry. VII. Several Ways of preparing Casks to preserve these Liquors sound and pleasant. VIII. To make a sweet Cyder out of a rough Cyder. IX. Several Ways to make Cyder stronger than ordinary. X. Of making a good Cyder from Crab Apples. XI. Of improving Cyder made from greenish Fruit. XII. Of making bad Cyder Apple-Trees become good ones. XIII. Two Cases, shewing how to recover damaged Cyders. XIV. Various Methods of making Cyders in different Countries. XV. Of Cyder making, and… Read More
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SAMUEL HARTLIB HIS LEGACY OF HUSBANDRY. Wherein are bequeathed to the common-wealth of England,...
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London, printed by J. M.[acock]. for Richard Wodnothe, in Leaden-hall Street next to the Golden-Hart, 1655.. never heretofore divulged in reference to universal husbandry. With a table shewing the general contents or sections of the several augmentations and enriching enlargements in this third edition. THIRD EDITION, 1655, small 4to, approximately 180 x 130 mm, 7 x 4 inches, pages: [18], 1-303, [1], narrow woodcut border to title page, some woodcut headpieces and decorations, rebound in pale modern polished calf, blind decoration to both covers, raised bands to spine with small blind motif in compartments, gilt lettering to spine. Edges of free endpapers browned, outer margin of first free endpaper slightly trimmed, the other with tiny chip to fore-edge, tiny chip to top and bottom corner of title page, tiny wormhole to fore-edge margin from title page to page 27, nowhere near text, small chip to lower edge of L1 due to paper flaw, another to lower margin of Ff3, neatly repaired. A very good… Read More
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THE COUNTRY-MANS RECREATION, or the Art of Planting, Grassing, and Gardening in Three Books......
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THE COUNTRY-MANS RECREATION, or the Art of Planting, Grassing, and Gardening in Three Books... Hereunto is Likewise Added the ART of ANGLING.

by BARKER, Thomas, BARKER, Thomas, Reginald Scot, Leonard Mascall.

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London, printed by T. Mabb for William Shears, [and William Hunt for the Expert Gardener], and are to be sold at the signe of the Bible in St. Pauls Church-yard, near the little North door, 1654. & 1653.. The first declaring divers waies of Planting, and Graffing, and the best times of the year, with divers commodities and secrets herein, how to set or Plant with the Root, and without the Root; to sow or set Pepins or Curnels, with the ordering thereof, also to cleanse your Grafts and Cions, to help barren and sick Trees, to kill Worms and Vermin, and to preserve and keep Fruit; how to plant and proin your Vines, and to gather and presse your Grape; to cleanse and mosse your Trees, to make your Cider and Perry, with many other secret Practises which shall appear in the Table following. The second treateth of the Hop-Garden, with necessary instructions for the making and maintenance thereof, with some directions for tabaco. Whereunto is added, The Expert Gardener, containing divers necessary and rare… Read More
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POMONA  HEREFORDIENSIS, containing coloured engravings of OLD CIDER and PERRY FRUITS of...
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POMONA HEREFORDIENSIS, containing coloured engravings of OLD CIDER and PERRY FRUITS of Herefordshire. With such New Fruits as have been found to possess superior excellence.

by KNIGHT, Thomas Andrew. President of the Horticultural Society of London.:

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London, Printed for the Agricultural Society of Herefordshire, by W. Bulmer and Co. and sold by W. Hooker, 1811.. Accompanied with a Descriptive Account of each Variety. FIRST EDITION 1811. 4to, approximately 310 x 240 mm, 12 x 9½ inches, 30 fine hand coloured plates, in line stipple and aquatint, engraved and coloured by William Hooker, 27 after Elisabeth Matthews and 3 after Frances Knight, Plate 1 is the only plate with the artist and engraver printed at lower edge. Pages: title page, [viii], [37] - unnumbered descriptive pages of text, rebound in modern half red morocco, 2 gilt lettered black labels, gilt floral decoration between raised bands, gilt date at foot, marbled boards and endpapers, and cream fly leaves. Title page lightly creased, 9 pages including 2 plates have pale browning to lower corner (see attached images), pale offset from images to text, some light foxing to text and blank side of plates, 16 plates are clean, the rest have small patches of pale staining to blank surounds,… Read More
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