“TELL HIM YOU WANT TO SEE EVERYTHING YOU OUGHT NOT TO SEE—AND YOU WILL ENJOY EUROPE”
REYNOLDS, Bruce. A Cocktail Continentale. New York: George Sully, (1926). Octavo, contemporary three-quarter burgundy morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt. $550.
First edition of this novel about alcohol-enlivened adventures abroad during the Prohibition Era, handsomely bound in three-quarter morocco for Stewart Kidd by Whitman Bennett.
"Concocted in 24 countries, served in 38 sips and a kick guaranteed. A travel tale that reads like lightning." Written in the second person, Reynolds' giddy, globe-spanning novel is divided, not into chapters, but "sips," whisking "you" from city to city—London, Paris, Zurich, Athens, Jerusalem and more—to see the sights and drink deeply of the good life denied by the United States' Prohibition laws. Illustrated with 12 full-page black-and-white drawings and several vignettes. See Gabler G34210. This book is bound by American bookbinder Whitman Bennett, who also served as assistant drama editor at the New York Times. Bennett formed his own production company during the early years of the film industry, building the foundations of the dying Triangle Film Corporation. Bennett produced over 20 films and directed 10 during the early 1920s. He was best known for those starring Lionel Barrymore. Additionally, Bennett published several books related to book collecting, including A Practical American Guide to Book Collecting, an authoritative work on American 19th-century color plates, and a well-regarded biography of John Greenleaf Whittier. Bookseller stamp.
Interior fine, only slight rubbing and soiling to binding. A nearly fine copy.