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Archives & Rare Books • Seagram Museum Library Collection

Trade and Industry, and Regulation

The Seagram Library collection contains a number of titles on the various trades involved in beverage alcohol production including works on cooperge and glass-making as well as on gauging and measurement.

The regulation of the distillation and beverage alcohol industry by the government dates from the 17th century. As production methods imported and as volume increased, the distilled spirits industry became an important source of revenue and thus subject to wide variety of legislation. The earliest examples in the collection date from the late seventeenth century. Shown here are more modern examples, as well, from commentaries urging changes to some of that legislation. Also shown are examples of self-regulation and codes to be followed.

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The Lycurgus Cup Essay
The Lycurgus Cup
Tractatus De Vitis Cultura
Tractatus De Vitis Cultura
Valuable Secrets in Arts, Trades ...
Valuable Secrets in Arts, Trades...
Penus Juris Civilis

Penus Juris Civilis
An Act for Limiting and Setling the Prices for Wines
An Act for Limiting and Setling the Prices for Wines
The Distiller of London
The Distiller of London
Die Bottgenkunst Von Hrn. Fougerous Von Bandaroy

Die Bottgenkunst Von Hrn. Fougeroux Von Bandaroy
Instruction for Surveyors of the Distillery and Brandy
Instruction for Surveyors of the Distillery and Brandy
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