New York: Richard R. Smith, 1930. First Printing. Hardcover. A truly superb First American Edition (issued simultaneously with the British edition) of this classic mixology work, the great cocktail book of the jazz age, presumably the second issue without errata slip and the Baccardi cocktail recipe on p. 282 as one of the nine "Additional Cocktails." Crown 8vo (190 x 123mm): ,7-286,pp, with numerous full color illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold, including several maps of wine regions. Original gold-foil pictorial (Art Deco) boards, black cloth spine lettered in gilt, pictorial end papers. Presented in two parts: Cocktails and Wines, with introduction by "Colette." (Craddock contended every good bartender possessed a solid wine knowledge.) Remarkably Fine and seemingly unread, virtually pristine, square and tightly bound, fresh and bright throughout. Noling, p. 118. Near Fine. Item #BB2273
Craddock decamped from America to London's Savoy Hotel after Prohibition put a crimp on his career. His bar book was one of the first to not only list drink recipes but also to provide a wine guide. The legendary Savoy opened in 1889; César Ritz was its first manager, and Auguste Escoffier created its fine cuisine. The famous Art Deco steel "Savoy" sign was erected one year before the printing of "The Savoy Cocktail Book," which features 750 of Craddock's popular classics, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2, which he invented, and the Dry Martini, which he popularized. It is a fascinating record of the cocktails that set London alight in the years between the Wars. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).