The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom (Mainstream Publishing 1987)

$385 AUD
Alfred Barnard
Proprietors of “Harper’s Weekly Gazette”
1887
Mainstream Publishing 1987
 

This was at the time of its publication – and indeed still is today – a very important contribution to the literature on whisky and distilleries. In the space of three years, Barnard visited 129 distilleries in Scotland, 28 in Ireland and four in England. In most cases, his descriptions were lengthy, extremely detailed and highly accurate and most of the individual distillery chapters are accompanied with fine pen and ink drawings. It still remains the classic work in its field. 

It is not known how many copies of the first edition were produced or have survived. I have in the course of my travels come across well thumbed copies in the libraries or offices of various whisky companies and distilleries, such is the respect in which it is held. A copy in good condition will today cost around £3,000.

This is the centenary reprint, which appeared in 1987 under the imprint of Mainstream Publishing, with contributions by the noted whisky authors, Michael Moss and David Daiches.