The Savoy Cocktail Book; Signed Twice by Harry Craddock
The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Item Number: 85874
London: Constable & Company, 1933.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, signed twice by the author, “Here’s How! Harry Craddock To Mr. and Mrs Jorgenson July 15, 1936. With the best wishes of the Author H. Craddock.” Craddock has also hand-written a recipe to the final page of the book, “Near Pimms No 1: 2 1/2 oz Gin, Juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 oz Curacao (Orange) Large tumbler half full of cracked ice and 2 or 3 sprigs fresh green mint. Fill glass with sparkling water.” Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. In good condition with some rubbing and wear. Rare and desirable signed twice by Craddock and with an original recipe in the master mixologist’s hand.
The 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).