Observations sur L'Art de faire le vin, par Mr. J. A. Chaptal
Paris: Gagnard, Lenormant et Martinet, 1807. Octavo, 8-5/8" x 5-1/2". , 16, 1-103, [1, blank], [blank, missing], 104-107 pp. Modern half-calf and marbled paper, new marbled endpapers and flyleaves. Gift inscription from D. B. Warden (David Bailie Warden, U.S. Consul at Paris 1808-1813, scientific writer, translator, scholar and book collector) to S. L. Mitchell (Samuel Lathrop Mitchell), Senator from New York; Mitchell's ownership signature to title page. Blind-stamp of the American Institute Library to first three original leaves, no other library markings; we find no record of this title in the American Institute Library catalogue of 1852, and at least one other example currently in the trade of a different title from Mitchell's library with the AIL blind-stamp. Damp-staining to title and half-title; light damp-stain to corner of few beginning and end leaves; foxing; stab holes from original binding to gutters; stub between pages 103 and 104 (G4 and G5), presumed a missing blank based on pagination.
An uncommon title on wine-making, with an interesting association. Samuel Lathrop Mitchell was a longtime friend and correspondent of David Bailie Warden, and was himself a scientific writer and medical scholar in addition to his political career. Mitchell taught at Columbia University for a number of years and served as vice-president of Rutgers Medical College from 1826-1830. Both men were friendly with Thomas Jefferson, whose passion for wine is well known, and John Quincy Adams recorded in his diary an 1803 dinner at the White House, at which were present Jefferson, Adams, James Madison and Samuel Mitchell, during which wine was the topic of conversation. (See Traub, John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, p. 123.)
Scarce. We find six holdings in OCLC as of Jan. 2019.