"ONE OF THE ONLY BOOKS WITH THE… PEGU CLUB COCKTAIL": FIRST EDITION OF "JIMMY" LATE OF CIRO'S COCKTAILS, 1930
"JIMMY" LATE OF CIRO'S LONDON. Cocktails. Philadelphia: David McKay, . Small octavo (4-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches), original half orange and black pictorial cloth, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition of this collection of over 250 cocktails by "Jimmy" of the legendary London club, Ciro's, in colorful dust jacket.
"Ciro's was a hip London establishment (before another popular one opened up in Los Angeles in 1940), that had as their bartender Harry McElhone (author of ABC of Cocktails), at which Jimmy took over when Harry went off to Paris. This book is one of the only books with the… Pegu Club Cocktail, and has quite a few pages of interestingly worded toasts. And in its remarks answers what was at that time Old Time Gin and Dry Gin, as well as a very different grenadine than pomegranates or red syrup" (Ross Bolton). While Jimmy's identity remains uncertain, some hint he may be Jimmy Charters of the Monte Carlo and Deauville. Small owner signatures; rear blank with cocktail recipe in unidentified cursive.
Book fresh and crisp; light edge-wear, crease with small loss to lower edge of dust jacket front panel.