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Own a copy of "Vinetum Britannicum: Or A Treatise of Cider" ca. 1676

I don't how many times an opportunity like this comes along but the time is here now. Yesterday I found a first edition copy of Vinetum Britannicum: A Treatise of Cider from 1676 for sale on Ebay of all places. Gotta love the internet eh? The book has it's original full leather binding and looks like a beautiful copy.

Own a piece of real cider history for what could be a reasonable price. At the time of this posting the current bid is only $224. A bargain but sure to go higher as the auction end approaches.

 

Own a piece of cider history..

Here is the auction's description:

VINETUM BRITANNICUM: OR, A TREATISE OF CIDER, AND SUCH OTHER WINES AND DRINKS THAT ARE EXTRACTED FROM ALL MANNER OF FRUITS GROWING IN THE KINGDOM. TOGETHER WITH THE METHOD OF PROPAGATING ALL FORTS OF VINOUS FRUIT-TREES. AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW-INVENTED INGENIO OR MILL, FOR THE MORE EXPEDITIOUS AND BETTER MAKING OF CIDER. ALSO THE RIGHT METHOD OF MAKING METHEGLIN AND BIRCH-WINE.  With Copper-Plates. By J. W. Gent. London: Printed by J[ames]. C[ottrell]. for Tho. Dring, over against the Inner-temple-gate; and Tho. Burrel, at the Golden-ball under St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street. 1676 . First edition. Octavo, ( 4 3/4" X 7 1/4"). In original full leather binding. All edges marbled.  [24], 186, [6] pages, [3] leaves of plates. Some minor wear to corners and ends of spine otherwise the original binding is in extremely good condition! The text is in  FINE CONDITION! As with all of my rare items I am starting this auction at $9.99 with NO RESERVE!

Auction link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320687734217

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Oooh I would love a real copy of that. But do not have that sort of cash spare. I have a photocopy of the treatise that my father made many years ago when he was writing his book 'The History and Virtues of Cyder' . he certainly used that book heavily in his research. The author John Worlidge was a great agriculturist. I especially like that he recommends using earthenware or glass to ferment cider in instead of oak, claiming that oak detrimentally effects the taste of cider. I agree with this myself - many wouldn't!

I live in part of property that was the birth place and land on which John Worlidge did his experiments in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. It would be great to have a copy of this book.

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