Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930, 1976, Arno Press Reprint in Mint Condition: Bar or cocktail book compiled by Harry Craddock and illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Originally published by Constable & Co Ltd, London, in 1930. This 1976 reprint has lovingly reproduced the 1930 hardcover book, including all the vivid, clever Rumbold illlustrations. (I have a feeling that you could decode the 1920s by closely decoding them.) 287 pages. Published by Arno Press, New York, in 1976. Dust jacket has a problem or two, but is now safely encased in Mylar. Binding is sound, very tight. The illustrations are still vivid. Every page is clean and clear. This book is in as-if-new condition.
The book is presented in two parts: Part I is “Cocktails.” Part II, “Wines,” has five-page introduction by “Colette,” the French novelist. A compendium featuring some 750 of Craddock’s popular classics, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2, which he invented, and the Dry Martini, which he popularized. An American, Craddock relocated London’s Savoy Hotel after Prohibition. His bar book was one of the first to not only list drink recipes but also to provide a wine guide. Cocktails include sours, toddies, flips, eggnog, Tom Collins, slings, shrubs, highballs, fizzes, coolers, Ricky’s, daisies, juleps, smashes, cobblers, frappes, punches, and cups.
Again, this copy is in as-if-new condition. The cover is perfect. The binding is sound. All of the pages are clean and clear. A 1930s copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book is quite difficult to find. Other copies of this edition now available on the Internet start at $1865.00.
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