The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Being in the main a complete compendium of the cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes, and other drinks, known and vastly appreciated in this year of grace 1930, with sundry notes of amusement and interest concerning them, together with subtle observations upon wines and their special occasions. Being in the particular an elucidation of the Manners and Customs of people of quality in a period of some equality. The Cocktail Recipes in this Book have been compiled by Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel London. The decorations are by Gilbert Rumbold.London, : Constable & Company, Ltd, 1930 Stock Code: 78819
First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy of the scarce signed limited issue, copy number 3 (of an unspecified number) signed by Harry Craddock on the limitation page and additionally inscribed "To my dear wife". For his wife's delectation, Craddock has also added by hand, to the blank notes pages at the rear, a recipe for "Champagne Punch / Special", differing from the Champagne Punch detailed on p.211, and signed off "That's it". The binding of the limited issue differs from that of the much more common trade version.
Octavo. Original decorated boards with black cloth spine, title block to spine gilt, original decorative endpapers, top edge gilt. Housed in a full morocco black solander box by the Chelsea Bindery with the title block to spine and front board silver and pictorial block to front of a cocktail copied from one of the illustrations.
Spine is slightly bumped, very small chip to the headcap, boards a little faded, previous owner's inscription to front endpaper and dedication page, some light scattered foxing, a very presentable copy of a scarce book.
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