“BOTTLED VELVET,” “ABSINTHE” AND “RUM FLIP”: FIRST EDITION OF HOW TO MIX DRINKS, THE AMERICAN BARTENDER’S GUIDE, 1862
THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, Or the Bon-Vivant's Companion, Containing Clear and Reliable Directions for Mixing All the Beverages Used in the United States… To Which Is Appended a Manual for the Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, [and] Fancy Syrups… The Whole Containing Over 600 Valuable Recipes. By Christian Schultz. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, (1862). Octavo, period-style full brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers.
First edition, later state, of the first drink manual published in the United States, prepared by the bartender at the Metropolitan Hotel in New York, illustrated with numerous in-text wood-engravings, including a diagram of a still.
Jerry Thomas (to whom the famous Savoy Cocktail Book is dedicated) presents 236 recipes for social drinks "apart from water and those of the breakfast and tea-table." "It struck us that a list of all the social drinks of America would really be one of the curiosities of jovial literature; and that if it was combined with a catalogue of the mixtures common to other nations [463 additional recipes], and made practically useful by the addition of the concise description of the various processes for 'brewing' each, it would be a 'blessing to mankind.'" Before How to Mix Drinks , knowledge of cocktails and their recipes was largely a matter of oral tradition in the United States; its author is today regarded as "the father of American mixology."
First edition, later state. The publishers printed and sold approximately 8000 first edition copies, first priced at $1.50, then $2.00, then $2.50. Earlier copies were titled The Bar-Tender's Guide; other copies priced at $2.50 can be found titled How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion, as here, and are presumed to have appeared later. With numerous in-text woodcut illustrations. Four leaves of advertisements at rear. Cagle & Stafford 743. Simon 1461.
Interior expertly cleaned, with a few paper repairs. Very good, and extremely scarce in any condition.