The Theory and Practice of Brewing

The Theory and Practice of Brewing
by Michael Combrune
Adopted for Conservation by
Jacqueline Vossler
in honor of Richard W. Renner
on December 16, 2017
The separated front cover and the title page of Combrune's 1762 book on brewing

The theory and practice of brewing

By Michael Combrune. London: Printed by J. Haberkorn, 1762.

The owner of a brewery and several public houses in Hampstead, then a suburb of London, author Michael Combrune wrote this book as an expanded version of an earlier work, incorporating his experiments on malts and fermentation, among other aspects of the brewing and wine-making trades.  Scientifically minded, he pioneered the thermometer as a crucial diagnostic tool for these processes.  The Libraries' copy was acquired in a major purchase of trade literature from the Franklin Institute in 1986.       

Condition and Treatment: 

This book features mid-18th century full leather binding.  The cover is detached and the leather is suffering from red rot.  The texblock is in good condition.  Conservators will retain the original covers but create a new case for the textblock.  A double tray box will be created to house the re-bound volume with the original cover.

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Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future