The U.K.B.G. Guide To Drinks - Anon

1955 October - United Kingdom Bartender's Guild, London - Second Edition (Revised), 5000 copies
Second and revised edition of this professional bar tenders guide, published as a run of 5,000 copies in October 1955 following the first edition of 5,000 copies published in June 1953. In the rather scarce and delicate silver lettered dust jacket, which one can assume usually became the victim of a professional bar tending environment.

Produced by the United Kingdom Bar Tender’s Guild (founded in 1933 and still mixing today), an extensive collection of cocktail recipes and lore containing a list of prize winning cocktail recipes from 1934 to 1954, illustrated throughout with full page black and white sketches and advertisements. Includes ‘
Details of the Winning Recipes in Cocktail Competitions Organised by the United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild’.

According to Gaz Regan's ‘
Joy of Mixology’, this edition of the U.K.B.G. (and Oscar Haimo's Digest published in the same year) is the first appearance of the Negroni under its own name (as the drink had been published before with the same ingredients but under different names). 
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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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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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How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion - Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz

1864 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - Early edition [First published in 1862]
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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