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Craddock, Harry, The Savoy Cocktail Book, decorations by Gilbert Rumbold, New York, Richard R. Smith Inc., 1930, first American edition, Large 12mo (7.75" x 5.25"), Hardcover, illustrated in black, gold, green & gray stamped on embossed foiled-covered paper boards on slightly faded black cloth spine w/ decorative gilt titles, pictorial endpapers, VERY GOOD/ none as issued. Condition details below.

Boards rubbed & foil scratched (as is usual with the fragile covers), wear to top/bottom board edges, spine has wear to cloth at foot, top edge appears a bit time-soiled and has light tide-spots (cocktail prep?) but these do not affect interior pages. Toning to EPS, glue having aged; hinges starting but both remain firm and strong. Mild tanning to interior pages at edges, but clean and free of writing. Please see our image as it fairly accurately describes these points.

Full Subtitle: BEING in the main a compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daises, Slings, Shrubs, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes and other Drinks, known and vastly appreciated in this year of grace 1930, with sundry notes of amusement and interest concerning them, together with subtle Observations upon Wines and their special occasions. BEING in particular an elucidation of Manners and Customs of people of quality in a period of some equality.

288 pp. Jazzy, humorous brightly colored spot illustrations appear throughout this exuberant example of Art Deco book design. A myriad of cocktail recipes compiled by the renown barman at the American Bar in London's Savoy Hotel, who wisely abandoned the States during Prohibition to ply his trade on more indulgent shores. Harry Craddock, inventor of numerous classic cocktails, is also credited with having popularized the Dry Martini. Essay on wines by Colette; several illustrated maps of the wine regions of France. The 5 ruled pages for notations, at the back, are unused.

Contents: Preface; Foreword.

PART 1: Cocktails Historical Note; Cocktail Recipes in Alphabetical Order (some 750 recipes); Prepared Cocktails for Bottling; Non-Alcoholic Cocktails; Cocktails Suitable for a Prohibition Country; Sours; Toddies; Flips; Egg Noggs; Tom Collins; Slings; Shrubs; Sangarees; Highballs; Fizzes; Coolers; Rickeys; Daisies; Fixes; Juleps; Smashes; Cobblers; Frappe; Punches; Cups.

PART 2: Wines; Introduction - The Lucky Hour of Great Wines by Colette; The Wines of Bordeaux; Champagne; Wines of Burgundy; Hock and Moselle; Port; Sherry; Concluding remarks; Blank Ruled Pages.

Increasingly hard-to-find in decent condition, this is a lovely copy, despite aforementioned wear to its striking Art Deco trade binding.

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