Harry Craddock. Decorations by Gilbert Rumbold.
London. Constable & Company, Ltd. 1930. First edition, first impression with page number 3 to title-page and errarta slip for Bacardi Cocktail inserted at p.25. Decorated boards featuring an art deco design in green, black and gold foil to front board, gold foil to rear board, backed with black buckram with title in gold. 288 pages. Colour decorations throughout. 200 x 135mm (7¾ x 5¼"). .5kg. . English. Very good; light shelf wear, forecorners lightly bumped, oxidisation to gold foil on boards (a frequent issue with this edition),slight roll to spine, gutter slightly cracked at pp.272-3.
A first edition of the iconic cocktail book. The book was compiled in the height of London's jazz age by Harry Craddock, the bartender at the Savoy Hotel. It features such liquid gems as 'Damn-the Weather Cocktail', 'Hanky Panky Cocktail', and the 'One Exciting Night Cocktail'. With a contemporary advertising leaflet for Cointreau loosely inserted.