CRADDOCK, Harry (1876-1963)
CRADDOCK, Harry (1876-1963)
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CRADDOCK, Harry (1876-1963)

The Savoy Cocktail Book ... Decorations are by Gilbert Rumbold. London: Constable, 1930.

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CRADDOCK, Harry (1876-1963)
The Savoy Cocktail Book ... Decorations are by Gilbert Rumbold. London: Constable, 1930.
Authorial presentation copy of the limited signed edition of the classic bartenders' Bible. Harry Craddock was one of the most famous bartenders of the 1920s and 1930s, credited with creating a number of cocktails, such as the White Lady. This book is the special limited edition variant of the first edition, signed and numbered '52' (of an unspecified print run) by Craddock, with the first state text with page number on the title, and the Bacardi Cocktail slip inserted on p.25. The binding of screen-printed cloth-covered boards is only found on this limited edition, and the front cover bears a ring mark - surely the only book where such a defect can be tolerated. The vivid Art Deco illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold throughout the book bring the spirit of the age to life.

Octavo (192 x 128mm). Half-title, numerous illustrations printed in colour throughout (faint spotting to half-title). Original black cloth-backed decorative cloth boards, title lettered black on gilt on spine (ring mark to upper cover, extremities lightly rubbed, tiny split to upper joint at head of spine, corners faintly bumped). Provenance: Harry Craddock (ink authorial presentation inscription on p.12 to:) – John Probert.
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