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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Barflies and Cocktails. Over 300 Cocktail Receipts by Harry and Wynn with slight contributions by Arthur Moss - Harry McElhone, Wynn Holcomb, Arthur Moss

1927 - Lecram Press, Paris - First Edition
A superb copy of this rare and wonderful roaring twenties masterpiece, penned by bartender Harry McElhone of the iconic Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, or Harry’s Bar as it was more commonly referred to by its regular clientele such as Hemingway, Dempsey, Hayworth, and Bogart. George Gershwin composed An American in Paris on the bar’s piano, and for the modern day ’mixologist’ Harry’s bar is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, French 75, Side Car and Monkey Gland. It would be safe to say that Harry fuelled many of the partnerships, publishing deals, artistic feuds, and bohemian legends of the 1920’s.

‘Harry’s New York Bar, where the mahogany counter and back-bar were shipped over from a pre-Prohibition saloon, was the first to serve chilled American cocktails. A rallying point for thirsty exiles, it was hard to find a free seat at ‘5 Rue Daunou’ (printed on the window as ‘SANK ROO DOE NOO’)’ - Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker.

Marvellously illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of Harry’s Bar, customers, and the zany and humorous cartoon-style drawings by Wynn Holcomb, together with numerous vintage advertisements for liquor, including Gordon’s gin, Bollinger champagne, Haig’s whisky, and Guinness stout.

‘….
Barflies and Cocktails is one of the greatest of its kind…..a handy little bundle of pre-prohibition American (cocktail) favorites and current European sensations’ – David Wondrich, cocktail aficionado and drinks correspondent for Esquire. 
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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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