List of Illustrations Introduction: George Saintsbury and 'Notes on a Cellar-Book' Bibliographical Note Preliminary Note to Third Edition I. Origins II. Sherry and Madeira III. Port IV. Claret and Burgundy V. Champagne and Other French White Wines VI. Hock, Moselle and the Rest VII. Spirits--Hollands and Whisky VIII. Spirits--Brandy, Rum and Gin, with Some Exotic Things IX. Liqueurs X. Beer, Cider, Etc. 1.Saintsbury, Notes on a Cellar-Book 32808 5:12 PM Page v XI. "Mixed Liquors" XII. Bottles and Glasses XIII. Cellar Arrangements Conclusio ad Diversos (With a Few Barmecide Invitations) APPENDIX: OTHER WRITINGS ON WINE AND SPIRITS BY SAINTSBURY A Sentimental Cellar, The Yellow Book, April 1894 The Bounties of Bacchus, Athenaeum, 21 November 1919 "White," A Scrap Book, 1922 "Obrian," A Scrap Book, 1922 Le Temps Jadis: Wallet II, A Second Scrap Book, 1923 The Order of Drinks, A Second Scrap Book, 1923 The Qualities of Wine, Morning Post, 22 May 1923 The Cellar, The Book of the Queen's Dolls' House, 1924 Le Temps Jadis; Wallet V., 90's and Later, A Last Scrap Book, 1924 Notes Selected List of Works Cited Index
George Saintsbury (1845-1933) was a journalist, reviewer, critic, editor, and Professor of Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Thomas Pinney is Professor of English Emeritus at Pomona College. Among other books, he is author of A History of Wine in America (in two volumes from UC Press).
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