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Alexander Henderson (1780-1863) graduated as a doctor of medicine from Edinburgh University in 1803. Although he established a medical practice in London, he applied himself chiefly to literature, contributing to the Encyclopedia Britannica and other publications. Most writers credit Henderson with writing the first book in English that described in detail what are today called modernn wines [see however Shannon, Robert]. Before writing this book, Henderson had visited the principal wine-growing districts of France, Germany and Italy. For wine tasters caught up in the practice of attempting to identify wines "blind," Henderson has a fascinating accountof the vagaries of wine tastes and smells. Henderson devotes fourteen chapters and 228 pages to moder wines and many of his observations are as valid now as then. it is a large, well-printed text, tastefully illustrated with thirty-two vignettes and initial engravings portraying various mythological Bacchian experiences. Scarce. Cf. Gabler, p. 126.