Old Waldorf Bar Days: With the Cognomina and Composition of Four Hundred and Ninety-one Appealing Appetizers and Salutary Potations Long Known, Admired and Served at the Famous Big Brass Rail. Also a Glossary for the Use of Antiquarians and Students of American Mores. - Albert Stevens Crockett 1931 - Aventine Press, New York - First Edition ‘If you knew your Fifth Avenue and your caviar…
you would know that when I speak of the greatest and most famous exponent of the American School of Drinking,
I can mean no other place than, the old Waldorf Bar.’

A scarce fine first edition of Crockett’s colourful history of the Waldorf Bar and accompanying drink manual. One of the most quoted sources of cocktail recipes. Illustrated throughout by Leighton Budd.

Crockett’s lively anecdotal history, including the antics of Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar, is accompanied by his manual of cocktails, which he ‘arranged alphabetically, and in two classes. The cocktails have been set down in one list and the others, which might be classed as ‘beverages,’ have been termed ‘Fancy Potations and Otherwise’.
  Octavo (book size 23.2 x 15.5 cm), pp. [8] 242 [6]. In publisher’s silvercloth boards, lettered in illustrated to spine and front boards. First edition statement to last sheet.   Condition: Near fine, gently bumped along top edge, light wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 109621   Price: HK$ 6,000