Very Good / Very Good. Item #000801
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1957. Signed and dedicated by author on presentation bookplate of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Octavo; xi + 180pp, including bibliography, glossary, and index + 8 full-page three-color maps of wine-growing regions appended. Twenty-four full-color plates showing celebrated grapes "on the page in their actual size." Full-color photographic wrap-around dust jacket. Crimson cloth boards with ivory spine; gilt grape emblem on front panel; gold lettering on spine. Top edge of textblock stained yellow. Full-color photographic endpapers.
Unclipped dust jacket, in glossy coating as published, has slight chipping and near-creasing at top edge of front, back, and flaps; minimal fraying at upper paper corners. Binding perfectly clean and bright. Textblock square and clean, but with neat, rectilinear underlining in pencil in a few passages about previous owner's favorite wines.
André Simon was the pre-eminent French authority on that nation's wines for the English-speaking world for most of the 20th century. He founded what would become the International Wine & Food Society. At the publication of this volume, he signed elaborately printed presentation bookplates for officers of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. This particular copy was dedicated, in Simon's handwriting, to Philip Larner Gore, a Washington, D.C. officer of the Confrérie. Inserted in the volume is the printed brochure for the Washington Confrérie, stamped "Oct 23 1957" which, presumably, was the presentation event.