Winemaking and distilled spirits: a collection of 5 pamphlets and 9 publicity fliers.

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“Œnological Instruments of Precision,” from the firm of Dujardin-Salleron

A Collection of 5 pamphlets and 9 publicity fliers concerning winemaking and distilled spirits

Paris, [c.1902-1934].

For a full description: Dujardin wine pamphlets-web.pdf

An interesting and important group of pamphlets and catalogs from the leading firm of Dujardin-Salleron, Precision Oenological Instrument makers. These pamphlets served as promotional material for their products & instruments, but also as formal documentation of the scientific discoveries & procedures around winemaking and distilling, as well as the development and application those procedures. The collection includes five pamphlets, one of which is in English, and nine publicity fliers.

Established in 1855 by Jules Salleron, the Dujardin-Salleron firm, which is still going strong today, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of analytical laboratory equipment and measuring instruments dedicated to oenology and distilling. The alcoholmeter and other measuring instruments have been known for centuries, dating to Roman times, but the 18-19th centuries saw rapid evolution in winemaking techniques and understanding, aided by chemists like Antoine Baumé (1728-1804) and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) [see item no. 4 below]. By the mid-nineteenth century Jules Salleron (1829-1897) and Jules Dujardin (1857-1947) were perfecting the work of their predecessors, and the two firms merged to form Dujardin-Salleron, a recognized leader in the field.

All five pamphlets in the collection include bibliographies of books related to all aspects of the winemaking industry, thus documenting the scientific methods of the industry, as well as the cultural and consumer aspects.