Trader Vic's Book of Food & Drink - Vic Bergeron

1946 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
A fine example of the rather scarce first edition of his classic, with ‘First Edition’ stated on the copyright page. Not to be confused with the large number of copies being offered as first edition but actually being later printings without this first edition statement.

For many reasons an indispensable addition to any cocktail library or cookbook collection. With an introduction by Lucius Beebe, and colour illustrations form water-colours by Guy Huzé.

Tropical South Sea chic by Victor “
the Trader” Bergeron... regarded as being the first Tiki book, it contains cocktail recipes, recipes for parties and barbecues, important details such as how to throw a luau, hangover cures and an in-depth look into the different rums of the world. 
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Price HK$ 1,800



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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Price HK$ 9,000



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 Cigar related short story by Thackeray related to Mr Wagstaff by General Sir Goliah Gahagan H.E.I.C.S.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000



How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion - Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz

1864 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - First Edition, Early Printing.
An extremely scarce example of the legendary and seminal first bartenders' guide to include 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’ of 1930.

In addition to listings of recipes for Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were ten 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.

Contains 236 recipes by Jerry Thomas and 463 recipes by Christian 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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Price HK$ 19,000