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Y-Worth [Yarworth], William | A rare and early English work on the art of brewing

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Y-Worth [Yarworth], William | A rare and early English work on the art of brewing

Y-Worth [Yarworth], William | A rare and early English work on the art of brewing

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Y-Worth [Yarworth], William

Cerevisiarii Comes: Or, the New and True Art of Brewing, Illustrated by various Examples in Making Beer, Ale and other Liquors, So that they may be most Durable, Brisk, and Fragrant; and how they may be so ordered, as to yeild [sic] the greatest Quantity of Spirits in Distillation... London: J. Taylor and S. Clement, 1692


12mo (146 x 3 inches). Publisher's advertisements at rear; small wormhole on right side of title-page, slightly affecting text. Nineteenth century quarter calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments; endpapers renewed.


First edition of this rare early English work on the art of brewing


In this work, Yarworth provides an early study of English beer and describes the "right way" to refine and bottle beer and cider, containing chapters on methods of fermentation and distillation. It also includes a postscript on the qualities of the water in the River Thames. An advertisement on page 122 promotes various products: "Dr Y-worth's Pilula Anodyna Specificata & Cathartica, or the Friendly Balsamick Pill...Species Nostra Mineralis, or the Spagyrical Triumphant Powder...Cordonum Regale Lenitum, or the Royal Purging Cordial."


The author wrote several other works on distillation, including A New Art of Making Wines, Brandy, and Other Spirits (1691), and The Compleat Distiller (1705).


REFERENCE

Ferguson II:558; Wing Y216

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