"Jimmy", late of Ciro's London.
First edition, first printing of this book, uncommon in the jacket, of cocktail recipes from the exclusive London club, Ciro’s. It opened on Orange Street as a private club in 1915, and was renowned as one of the first London venues to host an all-black band. This very attractive little book features an early appearance of the Pegu Club cocktail, as well as the contested White Lady – the creation of which is claimed by two Harrys: Harry Craddock of The Savoy, and Harry MacElhone (later of Harry’s New York Bar fame) during his stint at Ciro’s in London in 1919. The precise identity of the bartender “Jimmy” remains unknown, though it is very possible that he is Jimmy Charters, bartender of the Dingo Bar in Paris and Ciro’s in Monte Carlo. All the recipes are easily replicated without special equipment, so that (somewhat questionably) “even a child of five may prepare his (or her) favourite beverage without the necessity of running to ask daddy: ‘Please, what is a jigger?'”
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Small octavo. Original yellow cloth-backed black boards, spine lettered black, front board lettered gilt and decorated with a martini glass in gilt, yellow endpapers, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket. Spine gently rolled, faint finger-marking to front free endpaper. An excellent copy in a lightly edge-chipped, scuffed and spotted jacket.