Philadelphia, PA: David McKay Company, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. 16 mo (measuring 6.75" x 4.50"). Very cool art deco design. Black woven-pattern boards with yellow spine, triple-ruled in black, vertically lettered in black. Front board shows title and author at right angles, with a martini glass, all in gold. Goldenrod topstain, twice stamped in red with previous owner's name, and goldenrod endpapers as well. Just a wee bit of shelfwear, minor smudging to boards and hardly noticeable rubbing to cloth along board edges.
251 alphabetically presented cocktail recipes (including the Bunny's Hug, The De Rigeur, The Gloom Raiser, The Leave-It-To-Me, the Pegu Club, White Cargo, and The Zaza) . Blank pages for writing one's own cocktail recipes, followed by 8 pages of toasts. 96 pp. total. Very Good Minus. Item #73948
This particular cocktail book consciously designed "...quite in keeping with ...such standard works as the family cook-book ... Here you will find nothing to do with jiggers nor gills. All such occult references have been abandoned and...your favorite drink's make-u is listed in terms of 'parts', so that even a child of five may prepare h is (or her) favorite beverage without...running to ask daddy: 'Please, what is a jigger?'... This, in short, is a work dedicated to the simplification of serious and scientific drinking. The 'part' of course, is of elastic size, its final extent to be determined by the student. If he desires he may use a bathtub..."
Ciro's was a hot spot in London with nightly entertainment. It's most famous bartender was Harry McElhone, author of several classic cocktail books himself. When he bought Harry's in Paris and left, "Jimmy" took over, a mystery man if ever there was one.