London, Constable & Company, 1930.
8vo. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and illustrated gold paper covered boards, front board with the iconic Art Deco-illustration of the cocktail-drinking man. With magnificent Art Deco-illustrations in colour throughout and illustrated end-papers. As usual, wear to extremities - capitals a bit worn and edges of boards with nicks and bumping. Front board with surcface-wear to outer corners and edges. Internally very nice and clean. Small pencil marks at some of the coctails and with extensive, contemporary (dated 1939) pencil notes to the note-leaves at the back (intended for this purpose) and to the final leaf containing additional coctail-recipes, all named (eg. High Line, Homecoming Special, Major Call etc.). An interesting and charming copy. 287 pp.
First edition of this iconic Art Deco-publication, the most important cocktail book ever published. This foundational work of modern culture, made up of the recipes by Harry Craddock, the greatest barman ever to have lived, completely revolutionized the drinking scene and is still in print today. This classic of cocktail drinking remains unsurpassed, both in its contents and in its artistic form.