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The Practical Distiller; or, A Brief Treatise of Practical Distillation - First Edition, bound with George Smith, A Compleat Body of Distilling - First Edition

Lot: 29365

The Practical Distiller; or, A Brief Treatise of Practical Distillation - First Edition, bound with George Smith, A Compleat Body of Distilling - First Edition

Winning Bid: £5,610
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Anon, The Practical Distiller: Or, a Brief TREATISE OF Practical Distillation London: B. Lintot, 1718.

Bound with,

Smith, George, A Compleat Body OF DISTILLING, Explaining the MYSTERIES OF THAT SCIENCE, IN A most easy and familiar Manner London: Bernard Lintot, 1725.

The Practical Distiller is one of the earliest known books on whisky distillation. This seminal work, often attributed to George Smith, is a fascinating insight into the craft before it had even become an industry. A first edition dating to 1718, the British Library Short Title Catalogue lists only eight other copies, one of which is held in Oxford University's Bodleian Library and another at Harvard University. The work has been laterly bound with a subsequent work, A Compleat Body of Distilling, known to be by George Smith, also a first edition dating to 1725. 

Together these two works bound in one volume offer a unique opportunity to own a real piece of whisky history.

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