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When It's Cocktail Time in Cuba
New York: Horace Liveright, 1928. Octavo, x, [4], 284 pages. Illustrated with 16 photo-reproductions of scenes of Cuba. First edition, first printing. Playwright and journalist Basil Woon's fourth book. Woon left his native London at the age of 16 and made his way to Alaska, where he founded a newspaper outside of Nome. His newspaper career took him around the world, including a stint in Mexico covering the revolution. A number of his books were charming depictions of a bon vivant's life in Paris, or Southern California, or the Riviera. His New or times obituary of June 5th, 1974, describes him as "a publicity man for Cuba and this book fits that bill nicely, as the author states, "This book was not written as an "impression" of Cuba, nor as a guide. I have merely amused myself by setting down on paper what a tourist to Cuba will see, do (and drink) in a land where personal liberty and climate are blended in just the right setting of beauty and romance" (from the foreword). While not a cocktail manual, and containing no recipes, the book does an admirable job of setting the stage for drinking in Cuba, with chapter titles including, "Have one in Havana", "Where everyone is drinking and no a soul is drunk", "A jug of rum beneath a cocoanut tree, a dinner-dance, and thou", "Naughty-naughty nights", "All the way to Bacardi town", "The rum that cured a king" and others. Decorated cloth-covered boards with some spotting and abrasion; spine somewhat darkened and spotted. Spine a bit cocked, otherwise very good. Lacking the rare dust jacket. Good. Somewhat cryptic previous owner inscription to free front endpaper, "Post-Havana, pre-Albania, a mis Frevels'(?) B.F.D.'s sin o con feliz horas." Bookseller's ticket of Hudson's Bookshop, Detroit, to rear pastedown. [Noling Beverage Literature, page 455].
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