4to paperback under original dustjacket (kind of 'tracing paper'), April 1914, 31 pages and 15 leaves (advertisements).
Commentaire : Astonishing wine list, coming from one of the most famous london Restaurant 'Romano's', at the noontide of its fame (the fragile dustjacket is damaged, good copy otherwise). Among numerous informations (for instance, 5 pages 'on the making of Champagnes, from the Wine list of the 'Lion d'Or Hôtel Reims'), we find the impressive list of Champagnes (with prices) : Still White Champagne 'Cramant' ('very small quantities of this wine are made, and it is difficult to obtain'), Ayala & Co, Binet Fils & Cie, Bollinger & Co, Jules Champion, Clicquot-Ponsardin, Delbeck, Deutz & Geldermann, Dagonet, Duminy & Co, Duval, Chas & Co, Giesler, George Goulet, Heidsieck Dry Monopole, Charles Heidsieck, Ernest Irroy, Krug & Co, Lanson Père et Fils, Moët & Chandon, Duc de Montebello, Mumm G. H. & Co, Perrier Fils & Cie, Perrier-Jouet & Co, Pol Roger & Co, Pommery & Greno, Louis Roederer, Ruinart Père & Fils, St. Marceaux & Co, Schuler Veuve et Fils. The same with the whole list ; Clarets : 'Ch. Lafite 1864 ('Very rare and choice wine'), 'Ch. Yquem Premier Grand cru 1904' ('The grapes of Ch. Yquem are allowed to ripen and dry on their stalks and are gathered in the heat of the day. The smaller quantity of juice remaining takes a longer time to ferment, and accounts for the sweet flavour and magnificent qualities developed with age by this wine' ; Burgundies : 'Romanée Conti 1877 ('Perfection of Burgundy') ; Still Hock : Rüdesheimer Berg Kroneft Cabinet 1904 ('The most perfect Hock in the world') ; Ports : Martinez '75 bottled '78 ('A good example of a light and beautifully flavoured vintage') ; Very scarce brandies, like the 'Café Voisin, Grande Fine Champagne 1811' !!! and so on... At the end we can find the Cigars and Cigarettes list ('Coronas Aquila Imperiales' or ''Flor de Neraldo').'Perhaps it is well that Romano's should go-for the people who made it the place it was and also the life it reflected, really went down into destruction with the war of 1914. It survived long after that but never quite the same, never quite so free and easy, never quite the same true piece of Bohemia it had been in the days of golden currency, of which it was so much a part. It belonged to the days when wars were far distant, small and professional affairs, and when such things as coupons and points were unknown and unthought of. To Romano's flocked the Bohemians, men and women of the greasepaint, authors, journalists, artists of all kinds, soldiers, sailors (but not of ' other ranks'), men of the law, of finance, of the race-course and the prize-rings-and crooks as well. The place was really an informal club of which they were all members and of which they respected the rules. If you were an outsider visiting Romano's you soon found out whether you ' belonged- or not.' (W. Macqueen Pope, 'Ghosts & Greasepaint')