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The Savoy Cocktail Book
London: Constable & Company, Ltd, 1930. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good +. Rumbold, Gilbert. 12 mo - over 6.75" to 7.75" tall, 292 pps. A cultural icon and the foundation for all great modern bartending books. Harry Craddock (1876-1963), British by birth, had emigrated to the US in 1897 but moved back to Britain with the advent of prohibition, landing a job at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1920. His bartending guide, a collection of 750 recipes (several of which he is credited for creating) was published in 1930 and remains in print today. This copy is a first printing, with the date on the title page and before the publishers inserted the errata slip modifying the "Bacardi Special Cocktail" on page 25 to simply "Bacardi Cocktail". We believe the UK edition was published prior to the US, as there is an advertisement for the book dated November 23, 1930 in the London Observer while the ealiest mention found in the US is a review in the Hartford Courant dated December 7, 1930. This copy with an inserted ad spread for Booth's Gin ("Welcomed by the Gallants of 1740") as a tipped in sheet between the half-title and title pages. ***DESCRIPTION: Decorated paper boards with an Art Deco design, black cloth spine, pictorial endpapers, 2-page ad spread for Booth's Gin tipped into the book between the half-title and the title pages, 1930 date on the title page, decorations and illustrations throughout by Gilbert Rumbold (as late as the 1950s, he was living in Broadstairs, continuing to sketch drawings of local scenes that were sold in gift shops around the town, despite having lost an arm in a train accident); duodecimo size (just under 7.5" tall), pagination: half-title page with Aldrich quote on verso (1-2), inserted ad spread (i-iv), title page (3) through 286 includes three pages with only blank lines at the end, page 287 a vignette of a haughty woman peering through a lorgnette off to the side, followed by the printer's statement (printed by Lowe & Brydone, London), (288). ***CONDITION: We are rating as good plus due to overall wear to the binding; there is some light rubbing to the front board, general fairly minor edgewear, wear to the head and tail of the spine including light loss of the cloth, there is a bend in the spine running vertically down the center, and the gilt lettering on the spine has rubbed off; both hinges are tender although the endpapers have not cracked, and there is some offsetting to the endpapers from the inks on the pages opposite. The interior pages are clean and bright, we see no prior owner markings of any kind, there is perhaps a hint of toning to the pages, the interior is near fine. ***POSTAGE: International customers note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help.
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