"DISHONEST GIN SHOULD, OF COURSE, BE COMPLETELY OSTRACIZED FROM POLITE SOCIETY": FIRST EDITION OF WHITAKER'S BACCHUS BEHAVE!, INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ALMA WHITAKER
WHITAKER, Alma. Bacchus Behave! The Lost Art of Polite Drinking. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1933. Octavo, original pictorial pink cloth. $1650.
First edition of the popular Los Angeles Times columnist’s witty guide for returning post-Prohibition Americans "to the path of righteous alcoholic etiquette,” inscribed on the half title: "Yours Sincerely Alma Whitaker."
Whitaker, "a tinseltown society columnist for the Los Angeles Times," offers sparkling post-Prohibition advice to a nation that "wandered far from the path of righteous alcoholic etiquette during the recent graceless era" (Felten, How's Your Drink, 171). Bacchus Behave! steers Americans back to "the lost art of polite drinking" by scorning the home bar—"one of the most deplorable customs that won favor during the Prohibition," "dishonest gin" and other slips into "shockingly bad form." On publication, Clark Gable praised Whitaker for providing "many a laugh in the etiquette of a forgotten art." Also featuring recipes for hors-d'oeuvres, champagne punch, and much more. Without scarce dust jacket. Gabler, 302. Contemporary owner provenance inscription. Bookplate.
Usual slight toning to interior, a few tiny spots of soiling to bright cloth. A near-fine inscribed copy.