The Savoy Cocktail Book - Being in the main a compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes, and other Drinks, known and vastly appreciated in this year of grace 1930, with sundry notes of the amusement and interest concerning them, together with subtle Observations upon Wines and their special occasions. Being in the particular an elucidation of the Manners and Customs of people of quality in a period of some equality. - Harry Craddock 1930 - Constable & Company, London - First Edition An exceedingly uncommon near fine first edition of the Mixologist’s Bible. Featuring 750 cocktails, with marvellous art-deco colour illustrations and decorations throughout by Gilbert Rumbold, in original art-deco illustrated covers, using a shiny gold foil transfer which on this copy is bright and sharp.

The way to drink a cocktail is quickly, while it's still laughing at you.’

Harry Craddock left the United States during Prohibition and came to the Savoy in 1920. He became the star of the American Bar and is credited with inventing the White Lady and popularised classics such as the Dry Martini.

With the
Pegu Club Cocktail on page 120, ‘The Favourite Cocktail of the Pegu club, Burma,and one that has travelled, and is asked for, round the world.'
  A fascinating record of the cocktails that set London alight at the time – and which are just as popular today. From Slings to Smashes, Fizzes to Flips, and featuring art deco illustrations, Harry Craddock was ‘the king of cocktail shakers,’ and The Savoy Cocktail Book contains humorous anecdotes on the origin of the cocktail and its purpose (’for the solace of man’), as well as ‘an elucidation of the Manners and Customs of people of quality in a period of some equality’. - GQ Magazine.

First edition, no statements of printing dates to verso of dedication page, date 1930 to title page. One of two issues, this copy with half title through to title page numbered 1 to 3, and errata slip for Bacardi Special Cocktail' on page 25. Note, there was also a limited signed edition published at the same time consisting of approximately 250 numbered copies, with a different design to the outer boards.

Reference: Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker 56.

pp. 287 [1].
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to front board, slightly more so to rear, a little spotting to foredge   Ref: 109767   Price: HK$ 20,000