According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, "vintage cocktail books from the 1860s through the 1940s are rare and highly collectible". Many of the cocktail books mentioned in the article can be found on AbeBooks - shake your way through this fascinating selection of classic cocktail books.

The Savoy Cocktail Book

Harry Craddock (1930)

Harry Craddock - The Savoy Cocktail Book

First edition. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. Some edgewear and erosion to the printed foil paper over boards, a near very good copy without dustwrapper, probably as issued. First issue with errata slip tipped-in. The archetypal Art Deco-style cocktail book. Find this Cocktail Book

Synonymous with style, elegance, and sophistication, the Savoy is unsurprisingly also the birthplace of some of the most famous cocktails in the world. During the 1920s and 1930s, Prohibition-dodging Americans visiting London for tea-dances and cocktails made the bar at the Savoy their home. Here they were entertained by legendary American barman Harry Craddock, inventor of the White Lady and popularizer of the Dry Martini. Originally published in 1930, the Savoy Cocktail Book features 750 of Harry's most popular recipes. It is a fascinating record of the cocktails that set London alight at the time--and which are just as popular today. Taking you from Slings to Smashes, Fizzes to Flips, and featuring art deco illustrations, this book is the perfect gift for any budding mixologist or fan of 1930s-style decadence and sophistication -- (Publisher) Find new copies of The Savoy Cocktail Book

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The Old Waldorf Bar Days

Albert Stevens Crockett (1931)

Albert Stevens Crockett - The Old Waldorf Bar Days

242 pp with black-ink drawings. Silver cloth with black lettering/graphic. Cloth is lightly soiled and has discolored with wear to edges/corners. Heavy bump to bottom corners, light bump to top corners. Spine discolored with rubbing to head/heel. Some foxing along leading edge. Signed by O.B. Allan on ffep. There's also a stamp "With Best Wishes From Donald Neville" and a 1-1 1/2" surface tear on ffep. Inside pages have browned with some foxing.
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The Gentleman's Companion

Charles H. Baker Jr. (1939)

Charles H. Baker Jr. - The Gentleman's Companion

220pp + 220pp, 2 b&w illustrations. Published by the esteemed Derrydale Press just in time for entertaining out of town guests arriving to attend the 1939 World's Fair, this sharp-tongued, erudite two-volume essential guide to preparing fine dining and drink must have been perfect for any number of New York's "confirmed bachelors" of the day. Sadly, only one thousand, two-hundred and fifty were printed - not nearly enough to go around. A most presentable set complete in two volumes lacking its fragile slipcase, and showing just a bit of age-related rubbing and soiling.
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