New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1928. First Edition. Illustrated by Philip Kappel. Black & white drawings. Full cloth. Octavo. xiv, 289 pages. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Bound in black cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board lettering, illustrated endpapers. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has a touch of sun fading to spine, a very minor edge wear. Sturdy, clean copy overall in uncommon dust jacket.
Taussig presents the astonishing influence rum has had on the history of the United States from the arrival of Columbus to the Civil War. "Missionaries on deck and rum in the hold," was the introspective New Englander's summary of the hypocrisy of simultaneous religious work and slave-trading. Where there is rum, there is action, says Taussig--good, bad, or otherwise.