Y-WORTH [Yarworth], William
Cerevisiarii Comes: Or, the New and True Art of Brewing, Illustrated by various Examples in Making Beer, Ale and other Liquors, So that they may be most Durable, Brisk, and Fragrant; and how they may be ordered, as to yeild [sic] the greatest Quantity of Spirits in Distillation. To which is added, The right way to Refine and Bottle Beer and Cyder; and a Cure for those that are Sick and Ropy, so as to return them to their Internal Sanity; as also the true Method of Manuring Lands and the Art of making Salt Water Fresh. All proved by Demonstration and Sound Philosophy, to be more agreeable to Man's Body than otherwise, and so not only fit for English Constitutions, but also for Transportation. Published for the sake of Verity, and therefore recommended to all that esteem demonstrated Truths before Notional Theory
London: J. Taylor and S. Clement, 1692. 12mo. (5 3/4 x 3 inches). , 121, pp. Publisher's advertisements at rear. Small wormhole on right side of titlepage, slightly affecting text.
Nineteenth century quarter calf over marbled boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, later endpapers.
First edition of this rare early English work on the art of brewing.
In this work, Yarworth provides an early study of English beer and describes the "right way" to refine and bottle beer and cider, containing chapters on methods of fermentation and distillation. It also includes a postscript on the qualities of the water in the River Thames. An advertisement on page 122 promotes various products: "Dr Y-worth's Pilula Anodyna Specificata & Cathartica, or the Friendly Balsamick Pill...Species Nostra Mineralis, or the Spagyrical Triumphant Powder...Cordonum Regale Lenitum, or the Royal Purging Cordial." The author wrote several other works on distillation, including "A New Art of Making Wines, Brandy, and Other Spirits" (1691) and "The Compleat Distiller" (1705).
Ferguson II:558 (ref); Wing Y216.