"WEST INDIA SWIZZLE, BROOKLYN KÜMMEL, RHINE WINE COBBLER, BOSTON COOLER": UNCOMMON FIRST BRITISH EDITION OF THE COCKTAIL BOOK: A SIDEBOARD MANUAL FOR GENTLEMEN, 1902
KNOWLES, Frederic Lawrence. The Cocktail Book. A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen. London: John Macqueen, 1902. Slim octavo, original blind- and gilt-stamped red cloth, uncut and partially unopened.
Scarce first British edition of this early 20th-century cocktail book, a handsome copy in original cloth.
"Published during the cocktail's heyday in Great Britain, this small volume—The Cocktail Book: A Sideboard for Gentlemen—demonstrates what every good private valet to any of London's Bright Young People needed to know how to mix, shake, or stir between the two Great Wars. Cocktails, smashes, cobblers, punches, cups, and the entire mixed drink repertoire including wine selection for dinner are to be found in this priceless volume" (EUVS Library). The first edition was published in Boston in 1901.
Interior quite fresh with faint scattered foxing, lightest edge-wear to bright cloth. An excellent near-fine copy.