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    N. M. Penzer. The Book of the Wine-Label. London: Home & Van Thal, 1947.

    First edition. Quarto. 144 pages. Frontispiece. Twenty-seven plates. Foreword by André L. Simon. Bibliography.

    Full burgundy morocco custom binding, with five silver wine labels mounted to top board. Double silver lines to boards. Raised bands, silver lettering to spine. All edges silver. Custom felt-lined clamshell box. Some minor rubbing to extremities of box, with a snag to the cloth of the top edge of the rear panel. Fine.

    Legendary wine expert, André Simon, in his foreword, remarks that "the comparatively high cost of wine in England placed its enjoyment outside the reach of all but the wealthier members of the community," and thus great value was placed upon the sophisticated palate. "It is to this reverend and artistic love of fine wines," Simon concludes, "that we owe the variety and excellence of English wine decanters and wine-labels, the description of which has been made so fascinating in the present book by the enthusiasm and scholarship of Dr. N. M. Penzer."

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