Lot 83 of 373:
How to Make Hooch, 1885  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$270
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines, showing how all the favorite brands and various grades of whiskeys, brandies, wines &c. &c., are prepared by dealers and rectifiers for the trade, giving directions for making all the ingredients used in their preparation, and valuable information concerning Whiskeys in Bond.
Author:
Fleishman, Joseph
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Dick & Fitzgerald
Date:
1885
Description:

Gilt-lettered brown cloth. First Edition. 

A how-to-guide for the mixing of liquors, in order to increase one's profit margin. The book is full of recipes for adulterating various liquors and wines, complete with cost equivalents for the end-product. 

The author writes: "Very few persons, outside of those engaged in the wholesale trade, understand what is meant by blending and compounding liquors. The moment a barrel of liquor leaves the bonded warehouse, the first thing thought of, and done, is to reduce its cost. The blender knows how to make the bonded liquor produce a profit of 25 to 50 per cent. on the amount he paid for it, and frequently a great deal more.The object of this work is to give the dispenser of liquors thorough and practical information, by which he will be enabled to compound and blend liquors for his own purposes, and thus secure the additional profit, and at the same time produce as good an article as the market affords - if not better."

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Deep crease down center of front cover, still good & quite scarce. Old rubber stamp of "Napa Valley Wine Vaults" to front free endpaper.
 
Item number:
297544a
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