1931 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Inscribed by Jimmy Durante ‘To Anne – a pleasure to know you – Jimmy Durante, Mar 30-42’.

This is not a ‘guide’, it contains anecdotes, characters, deals, entertainers and speakeasy challenges that only someone deeply connected with the scene could piece together, and if anyone knew the night clubs of New York it was the great entertainer Jimmy ‘Schnozzola’ Durante. Performing from 17 in Coney Island dives, Manhattan slums and gangster hangouts in Harlem, moving from a Mafia club ‘The Alamo’ to open his own small establishment ‘The Durant’ (the signmaker forgot to paint the ‘e’), but this was prohibition and soon after they were raided. Durante with his by now well known partners Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, moved on from there to become one of the all-time great night club acts. All this before becoming a film star, radio star, and television star.....

Illustrated with 16 photographs, illustrated title page and endpapers. The fabulous and rather risqué dust jacket was illustrated by Herbert Roese.
 
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Drinks of the World - James Mew, John Ashton

1892 - Leadenhall Press, London - First Edition
Dedicated to those who know how to use and thankfully enjoy the goods things so bountifully provided by Dame Nature.

A lovely first and only edition of this rare, important and fascinating work on the history and development of beverages, from ‘
toast water, the superlative virtue of which Mr. James Sedgwick extolled in 1725, to brandy, that potent fluid Johnson said must be drunk by the man “who aspires to be a hero”’.

Profusely illustrated throughout with full page plates, vignettes and decorations.
 
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Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks: A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds - William Terrington

1870 - George Routledge and Sons, London and New York - First Edition, Second Impression
A pretty copy of this legendary work, the earliest British publication to document cocktail recipes along with classic British and European mixed drinks.

‘Terrington's original intention was “
to produce a guide for the preparation of cups ...” but the subject grew and its scope was expanded to all beverages in common use. The first 44 pages are devoted to the wines of Europe, with a few pages on the colonies (Australia and South Africa) and to America, whose “choicest production” is Catawba, “eulogized by Longfellow ...” Next [pages 45-155], he describes spirits, liqueurs, beers and ales, as well as tea, coffee and cocoa, with recipes for their use in various drinks. Part II is devoted to cups and punches, but there are also some recipes for cocktails.

In the preface, the reader had been advised that he would find, as he might expect in a work purporting to touch on every kind of beverage, some account of American drinks – “
those Transatlantic ‘notions’ – many of which, owing to their racy character, are properly styled ‘Sensations’ by our Yankee cousin ... ... all may claim to be regarded as both wholesome and exhilarating.” There are enough concoctions presented in this book to shorten any number of lives.’ – with thanks to Eberhard Buehler, Viniana. 
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The Chest of Cigars - From the Wagstaff Papers in the New Monthly Magazine of July, 1845 - William Makepeace Thackeray

Christmas 1918 - Privately Printed, San Francisco - One of 250 copies
One of 250 copies privately printed by John Henry Nash of San Francisco, for Thomas Nast Fairbanks.

With an introduction by Thomas’ father Charles Mason Fairbanks (1855-1920).

Containing a short story by Thackeray related to Mr Wagstaff by General Sir Goliah Gahagan H.E.I.C.S.
 
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How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion - Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz

1864 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - Early Edition
An extremely scarce early edition of the first bartenders' guide to include cocktail recipes. In addition to listings of recipes for Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were 10 recipes for drinks referred to as "Cocktails". A key ingredient which differentiated "cocktails" from other drinks in this compendium was the use of bitters as an ingredient, although it is not used in many modern cocktail recipes.

By the great Professor Jerry Thomas, referred to as ‘The Best Bartender of the Past’ by Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book.

Contains 236 recipes by Jerry Thomas and 463 recipes by Schultz, with in text illustration. Publishers advertisements to front and rear and catalogue to rear. One page announcing the publication of ‘
The Bar-Tender's Guide And Bon Vivant’s Companion’ which was the new title used from 1864 onwards. 
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