London: Century, 1984, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white drawings; Title page vignette; Cartoons;
>From the cover: In Vintage Tales Cyril Ray demonstrates afresh the easy, elegant style and relish for anecdote which were the hallmark of his enormously successful The Compleat Imbiber published in 12 volumes between 1956 and 1971 and the Gourmets Companion, published in 1963.
For this delightful new anthology, -about convivial drinking in general and wine in particular, he has dipped into both these sought-after collectors items for the most entertaining short stories, anecdotes, essays and oddities, in verse and in prose. To this rich assortment of classic pieces Cyril Ray has added the best of a more recent vintage.
A varied and formidable list of contributors includes Margery Allingham, Alan Brien, John le Carre, Duff Cooper, Miles Kington, Somerset Maugham, Anthony Powell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, Evelyn Waugh and Cyril Ray.
This is a book to smack ones lips over. It will provide hours of pleasure for anyone with more than a passing interest in wine.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Quarter-bound Yellow to Black boards with Black titling to the Spine. 368 pages. Index. 10″ x 7½”.