How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States, together with the most popular British, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish recipes, embracing punches, juleps, cobblers, etc., etc., etc., in endless variety. To which is appended: A Manual For The Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, Fancy Syrups, &c., &c., after the most approved methods now used in the distillation of liquors and beverages, designed for the special use of manufacturers and dealers in wines and spirits, grocers, tavern-keepers, and private families, the same being adapted to the trade of the United States and Canadas. Illustrated with Descriptive Engravings. The Whole Containing over 600 valuable recipes. - 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.

Suitable housed in bespoke burgundy morocco leather felt-lined clamshell case.

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.
  First published in 1862, with the title page ‘The Bar-Tender’s Guide’ and dated ‘1862’ the date repeated in the copyright page, ‘How to Mix Drinks Price $1.50’ in gilt to the front board. This is an early printing of that first edition with the title page changed to ‘How to Mix Drinks’ and a date of ‘1864’, copyright page matches that of the first printing, the lettering on the upper board has changed to ‘How to Mix Drinks Price $2.50’. The second edition was published in 1876, and gave two dates on the copyright page ‘1862’ and ‘1876’.

Jeremiah (Jerry) P. Thomas [1830-85] the father of American mixology, because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States. In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. As such, he was often nicknamed "Professor" Jerry Thomas. Thomas was born in 1830 in Sackets Harbor, New York. He learned bartending in New Haven, Connecticut before sailing for California during its mid-1800s Gold Rush. While in California he worked as a bartender, gold prospector and minstrel show manager. He moved back to New York City in 1851, where he opened a saloon below Barnum's American Museum; it would be the first of four saloons he would run in New York City over his lifetime. After a time running his first bar he went on the road for several years, working as the head bartender at hotels and saloons in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. At one point he toured Europe, carrying along a set of solid-silver bar tools. He was well known for his showmanship as a bartender: he developed elaborate and flashy techniques of mixing cocktails, sometimes while juggling bottles, cups and mixers. He often wore flashy jewelry and had bar tools and cups embellished with precious stones and metals. At the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, Thomas was earning $100 a week-more than the Vice President of the United States. Upon returning to New York City, he became head bartender at the Metropolitan hotel before opening his most famous bar on Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, in 1866. Thomas was one of the first to display the work of Thomas Nast, and in his famous saloon he hung caricatures of the political and theatrical figures; one notable drawing, now lost, was of Thomas "in nine tippling postures colossally". He died in New York City of apoplexy in 1885 at the age of 55. His death was marked by substantial obituaries across the United States. In their obituary, the
New York Times noted Thomas was "at one time better known to club men and men about town than any other bartender in this city, and he was very popular among all classes."

Provenance: Two owner’s names written in pencil, one John Churchill Newcombe (born 1899 in Jefferson Co, Kentucky) graduated from the Harvard Officer's Training Corps in 1918, elected to the Entertainment Committee of the Harvard officers of class of 1923, married the talented ballerina and dancer Margaret Zolnay (which lasted four years).

Reference: Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker 11. Eberhard Buehler, Viniana, 24-32.

Octavo (book size 19.1x13.2cm), pp. [2 (publisher’s ads on yellow paper)] 244 [8 (publisher’s ads)] [2 (publisher’s ads on yellow paper)] [2]. In publisher’s patterned burgundy cloth, spine and front panel elaborately lettered in gilt, front panel ‘Price $2.50’ in gilt, blank embossed border patterns of leaves and lines to front and rear panels, rear panel with publisher’s logo blank embossed. Cream coloured endpapers advertising publisher’s books. Neatly re-cased retaining the endpapers, with additional cloth restoration to spine ends and corners.
  Condition: Very good, re-cased retaining advertorial endpapers, internally foxed, mostly to outer margins, in fine clamshell case.   Ref: 103926   Price: HK$ 19,000