When the first American tax on distilled spirits was established in 1791, violence broke out in Pennsylvania. The resulting Whiskey Rebellion sent hundreds of families down the Ohio River by flatboat, stills on board, to settle anew in the fertile bottomlands of Kentucky. Here they used cold limestone spring water to make bourbon and found that ...
When the first American tax on distilled spirits was established in 1791, violence broke out in Pennsylvania. The resulting Whiskey Rebellion sent hundreds of families down the Ohio River by flatboat, stills on board, to settle anew in the fertile bottomlands of Kentucky. Here they used cold limestone spring water to make bourbon and found that corn produced even better yields of whiskey than rye. Thus, the licit and illicit branches of the distilling industry grew up side by side in the state. This is the story of the illicit side--the moonshiners' craft and crafts-manship, as practiced in Kentucky. A glossary of moonshiner argot sheds light on such colorful terms as "puker," "slop," and "weed-monkey." David W. Maurer's tone is tongue-in-cheek, but he provides a realistic look at the Kentucky moonshiner and the moonshining industry.
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VG/none. ISBN 0813102030. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, copyright 1974. 134 pages. Few halftones: jujus, stills, federal revenue agent; glossary; bibliography; endsheet still schematics. 8 x 5", pictorial cloth, no dj.
Near Fine. Five volumes from the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf series, first edition thus, hardcovers, octavos, approx. 100+pp. each, illustrated in b&w. Books near fine with mild shelfwear to spine ends and corners, bindings tight, previous owner's marks to front flyleaves, otherwise texts clean bright and unmarked. No DJs.
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Bound in brown, illustrated covers.131 pages plus. end papers and inside covers illustrated by "Schematic Design for A Pot Still, " front and back. Illustrated within. SIgned by author as follows: D W, Maurer Dec. 12, 1974. Light wear to edges. Spine cover has sun-fade. Ink writing on front ends papers. Otherwise a tight, complete copy with "as new" internals.
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