REQUIEN, Marcel and Lucien Farnoux Reynaud.
L’ Heure du Cocktail.
First edition, first printing. Perhaps the earliest known reference to a drink with the same ingredients as the Negroni. In the 1929 edition of this title the drink is named Campari Mixte, in which gin, vermouth, and Campari is served in equal parts, with a twist of lemon peel. In this edition, The Mussolini contains “1/2 Gin, 3/10 Vermouth Italien,2/10 Bitter Campari. Frapper a la timbale et exprimer un jus de citron (lemon juice). Communique par Charlie Castelloni.” Orson Wells once commented on the cocktail in correspondence with the Coshocton Tribune while working in Rome on Cagliostro in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.” A very uncommon cocktail book.
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Small octavo. Original orange paper wraps, titles to spine and front cover in black. Black and white illustrations by Andre Haguet and SERGE. Shallow chipping to fragile wraps along edges and corners, chipping to ends of spine, creasing to spine, mild toning to wraps. A very good copy of this extremely fragile title.