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  • By David Nathan-Maister
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Duplais' "A Treatise on the Manufacture and Distillation of Alcoholic Liquors"" A complete facsimile reprint of the only English edition of the "bible" of distillation, the most important and often-quoted 19th century French distillers' handbook, with an extensive section on the distillation of absinthe. Pierre Duplais' seminal Traité de la Fabrication des Liqueurs et de la Distillation des Alcools is the authoritative French distillation guide. It went through seven editions from 1855 to 1900 and is the basis of our understanding of 19th century French distillation techniques. It's arguably the most important book on distillation written in any language in the 19th century, and no comparable book of the same scope has been published since.. A single English edition was published in Philadelphia in 1871, translated by M. McKennie, a professor at the University of Virginia. The special section on absinthe is of particular importance - this is our... More > most accurate and comprehensive guide to the recipes and techniques used by late 19th century absinthe distillers, and is informally regarded as the "bible" of those seeking to duplicate their recipes today. Almost all other published 19th century absinthe recipes - including those in the Bedel, de Brevans and Roret guides - are simply paraphrases of the recipes in Duplais. McKennie's translation appears to have been issued with a very small print run, and surviving copies are extremely rare - only two have come up for sale in the last 15 years. This new facsimile edition published by The Virtual Absinthe Museum has been painstakingly compiled from scans of a rare original copy, and includes the complete text of the book, several lengthy appendices and all 14 plates and numerous wood engravings (in order to make the size of the book more manageable, one appendix - dealing with the excise duty applicable to distilled liquors in the US in the 1870's - has been omitted, as it's not in the French original, and is of little or no relevance today). The facsimile as published is just over 700 pages. Previous very expensive "print on demand" facsimile editions of this book have been produced from digitized microfilm, with the result that the text is sometimes blurred, all the fine detail in the illustrations is lost, and some plates are entirely illegible. This new edition however has been directly scanned using state-of-the-art equipment from the original copy of the book in the Virtual Museum, and so all illustrations are complete and crystal clear. Each page is a 300dpi black and white scan of the corresponding page in the original book. The original was completely disbound (ie taken apart into individual pages) prior to scanning, so each page image is perfect, with no distortion at the binding margin as sometimes happens with scans made from an intact book. In the case of foldout images, there is a scan of the whole image, reduced to fit, and individual page size scans of each section of the foldout. The binding is plain green cloth, in the style of an academic publication. There is no dust-jacket.< Less
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The Virtual Absinthe Museum
December 28, 2007
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
3.61 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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