Stork Club Bar Book, Lucius Beebe, 1946, First, First: Book of bar recipes from the famous Manhattan nightclub, with a foreword and text by Beebe, who categorizes recipes by “Morning, Noon, or Night.” The binding and typography were designed by Paul Rand. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); Red Moroccan leather cover, with titling and decorative elements stamped in gold on the front cover. N0 dust jacket. Book has NO shelf wear. Binding is sound. Pages are unmarked and uniformly lightly tanned, mainly at the edges. No previous owner’s name. Published by Rinehart & Company, Inc., New York.
As you can see, glued into the front of the book, is a gift card, unsigned and unaddressed. Since it was printed especially for the Stork Club, I’m sure this book was one of the books to used as a gift for clients. A rare and unusual gift!
“This is the cocktail book to end cocktail books. It is the rainbow’s end of 151 proof rum, Blue Blazers, and the 4 to 1 Martini. It’s truly a unique collection of bar recipes all bound together by a witty and engaging commentary by the irreplaceable Lucius Beebe.” The Stork Club Bar Book is also notable for its prodigious name-dropping, with at least three or four names from Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and New York on every page. Find the name–and some gossip about–everyone who was anyone during the 1930s and 40s.
Wikipedia tells us about Lucius Beebe: He worked as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, the Boston Telegram, and the Boston Evening Transcript and was a contributing writer to many magazines such as Gourmet, The New Yorker, Town and Country, Holiday, American Heritage, and Playboy. Beebe re-launched Nevada’s first newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise, in 1952.
Beebe wrote a syndicated column for the New York Herald Tribune from the 1930s through 1944 called This New York. The column chronicled the doings of fashionable society at such storied restaurants and nightclubs as El Morocco, the 21 Club, the Stork Club, and The Colony. Mr. Beebe is credited with popularizing the term “cafe society” which was used to describe the people mentioned in his column.