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First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; Inscribed by Harry Craddock to the Headwaiter of Sovrani's Restaurant
London: Constable, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Best Wishes and luck with the shaking – Harry C. 1931.” The recipient was a personal friend of Harry’s and Headwaiter employed in the 1920s at Sovrani’s Restaurant. Giovanni Sovrani was employed at The Savoy in London which he left in 1927 to open his own restaurant in Jermyn Street in 1927. Laid in is a note of provenance from the recipient’s son explaining the casual nature of the inscription which differs from many of Craddock’s more formal and flourishing inscriptions. In very good condition. Laid in is a Bar exam, World-Wide Bar Guide: Famous Drinks From Famous Places, and Fleishmann’s Mixer’s Manual; each illustrated in color and in near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 96515
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 2283
London: Macdonald, 1954.
First edition of this classic work by the social historian Dorothy Hartley, which is both a cookery book and a history of English cuisine. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with Hartley’s own strong, detailed and lively illustrations. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95798
Scarce first edition of Antoine Simon Duportal's Recherches Sur L'état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d'Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-De-Vie
Recherches Sur L’état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d’Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-de-vie. (Research on the Current State of Wine Distillation in France, and on Ways to Improve the Distillation of Eaux-de-vie).
Paris, Saint Petersbourg: Klostermann, 1811.
Scarce first edition of early work on the distillation of wine and eau-de-vie. Octavo, bound in full period tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, five folding maps of distillation apparatus, rebacked retaining the original spine. Stamps and previous owner inscriptions. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable. Works on the distillation of eau de vie are rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95242
New York: Richard R. Smith, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. In very good condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 86896
"A half million acres are devoted to grapes in California": The Wines of California; Wonderfully Illustrated
San Francisco : Bank of America, 1936.
First edition of this early overview of California wines. Octavo, illustrated wrappers with cut-out in front wrapper revealing a photograph of a bunch of grapes, with purple cellophane overlay. Cleverly-designed booklet with an essay on The Romance of California Wine followed by descriptions of various wines and their best matches with food. Rare.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 82168
London: Sampson, Low, Son, and Marston, 1869.
The New edition of renowned French chef Jules Gouffé’s immensely influential work on French gastronomy. Large octavo, original boards, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with 161 woodcuts from drawings by E. Ronjat. Translated from the French and adapted for English use by Alphonse Gouffé. In very good condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 117341
New York: Times Books, 1977.
Early printing of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Patricia Dunbar.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 100023