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JIMMY, late of Ciro's London.


Philadelphia, David McKay Company, [1930] Stock Code: 140214

""We will, in fact, drink anything once"" - Preface

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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?'" (Preface).
This copy is profusely annotated in pen, pencil, and crayon, mostly on the front endpapers and the three white panels of the jacket, with numerous recipes, brand names, and observations.

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Small octavo. Original yellow cloth-backed black boards, titles and martini glass design in black to spine, and in gilt to front board, yellow endpapers, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket.


Pen ownership inscriptions of one Dorothy Logan to front joint and dated 1945 to front free endpaper, profuse annotations. Slight rubbing to spine ends, the binding otherwise firm and unfaded, light liquor stains to bottom margin of pp. 47-54, else untoned and fresh. A very good copy in the very good jacket, light wear to corners and edges, small tape residue to front panel, else notably bright.


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