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  • First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; Inscribed by Harry Craddock to the Headwaiter of Sovrani's Restaurant

    CRADDOCK, Harry.

    The Savoy Cocktail Book.

    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

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  • "the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States"; Rare First Edition, first issue of The Cook's Own Book

    LEE, N.K.M..

    The Cook’s Own Book: Being a Complete Culinary Encyclopedia: Consisting of All Valuable Recipes For Cooking Meat, Fish, and Fowl.

    Boston: Munroe and Francis; New York, Charles S. Francis, and David Felt; Philadelphia, Carey and Lea, and Grigg and Elliot, 1832.

    First edition, first issue, of “the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States” (Oxford Companion to Food, 17), and one of the most popular American cookbooks of the 19th century; with the woodcut diagram showing cuts of beef on page xxxii, no mention of Lyman Thurston & Co. on the copyright page, and 1832 as the date of both printing and copyright (Lowenstein, 160; Cagle & Stafford, 447). Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label. In very good condition with period recipes affixed to the front free endpaper with a pin. Scarce and desirable.

    Price: $2,250.00     Item Number: 99347

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