Oliver Goldsmith has been quoted as saying, "I love everything that's old... old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine."
We here at Tavistock Books couldn't agree more, especially with the latter two, and this month offer a list of old books [et al] that deal with old wine…. or at least wine produced decades, if not a centuries, ago. Many of the 44 items on the list are ephemeral in nature, since the list's genesis comes from buying a small cache of California wine ephemera from one in the business prior to WWII.
Saying which, indulge me an aside, where I puff our state's viticultural product… even though wine came to California with the Spaniards in the 18th Century, Sonoma & Napa didn't enter the game until 1857 & 1859 respectively. And they didn't get any international respect until 1976, when California wines swept the competition at "The Judgement of Paris" in 1976. The rest, as they say, is 'vintage' history.
So enjoy the bouquet, have a sip and let us know how you like our vintage selections.
A compelling word, and one that certainly can, and should, stand on its own, though frequently we find unnecessary modifers employed to make the unique even more so, if such is at all possible... more unique, highly unique, uniquely unique.... you get the drift.
So with this in mind then, and without modifying hyperbole, we issue this list for June, wherein each of the 60 items displays an aspect of uniqueness... whether by definition, inscription or perhaps being the only copy on the market. As is our practice, the list is eclectic in nature- from air to water, original art to original mss, from Nevada to Massachusetts. Temporally, the items reach back to the 1770s, and continue on until the mid-20th C. Prices range from $75 to $7500.
Just click on the "Select Acquisitions" link on the left to take a browse.