First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; Signed by Harry Craddock
The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Item Number: 89372
London: Constable, 1930.
First issue with number on title page and errata slip tipped in at page 25 of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. Boldly signed by the author, “Here’s How! Harry Craddock With the compliments of the Savoy A Filles.” In very good condition. Signed first printings are rare.
Savoy Cocktail Book features 750 of Harry Craddocks most popular recipes. It is a fascinating record of the cocktails that set London alight at the timeand 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 Books 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." "Behind every great bartender (literally) is a roughed-up, stained copy of The Savoy Cocktail Book...it's been an industry must-have since its first edition" (GQ).