Signed limited edition of Wines of the World, edited by André L. Simon, bound by Zaehnsdorf of London for The Arcadia Press.
Quarto, 719pp, . Full red morocco, gilt grape motif on front cover with blue and green leaf onlays. Title stamped in gilt on spine with raised bands. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, decorative gilt turn-ins with vine pattern. Complete with 60 full-page color plates and 21 maps. Bookplate of W. and P.J. Kupfer affixed to front pastedown. From a limited edition of 265 copies signed by the author and bound by Zaehnsdorf for The Arcadia Press, this is number 242. A beautiful work.
André Simon (1877-1970) was a French wine merchant and an author of numerous books about wine. Shortly after the publication of this book, Simon died, leaving only two magnums of wine in his personal cellar. It was his belief that “a man dies too young if he leaves any wine in his cellar.” On what would have been Simon’s 100th birthday in 1977, 400 guests assembled at the Savoy Hotel in London to drink the Château Latour 1945 that he left for the occasion.