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Barflies and Cocktails. Over 300 Cocktail Receipts by Harry and Wynn with slight contributions by Arthur Moss - Harry McElhone, Wynn Holcomb, Arthur Moss

1927 - Lecram Press, Paris - First Edition
A superb copy of this rare and wonderful roaring twenties masterpiece, penned by bartender Harry McElhone of the iconic Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, or Harry’s Bar as it was more commonly referred to by its regular clientele such as Hemingway, Dempsey, Hayworth, and Bogart. George Gershwin composed An American in Paris on the bar’s piano, and for the modern day ’mixologist’ Harry’s bar is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, French 75, Side Car and Monkey Gland. It would be safe to say that Harry fuelled many of the partnerships, publishing deals, artistic feuds, and bohemian legends of the 1920’s.

‘Harry’s New York Bar, where the mahogany counter and back-bar were shipped over from a pre-Prohibition saloon, was the first to serve chilled American cocktails. A rallying point for thirsty exiles, it was hard to find a free seat at ‘5 Rue Daunou’ (printed on the window as ‘SANK ROO DOE NOO’)’ - Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker.

Marvellously illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of Harry’s Bar, customers, and the zany and humorous cartoon-style drawings by Wynn Holcomb, together with numerous vintage advertisements for liquor, including Gordon’s gin, Bollinger champagne, Haig’s whisky, and Guinness stout.

‘….
Barflies and Cocktails is one of the greatest of its kind…..a handy little bundle of pre-prohibition American (cocktail) favorites and current European sensations’ – David Wondrich, cocktail aficionado and drinks correspondent for Esquire. 
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1918 - Berkeley Unit Council of Defence Women's Committee, Press of the Courier - Third Edition
'Food will win the war.

A collection of recipes promoting food conservation, compiled by the Mobilized Women's Organisation of Berkeley, and including methods for 'Clam Chowder', 'Chicken Pie', 'Enchilada Eggs','Turnips a la Berkeley', and 'Angel Cake', among many others. The final 29 pages include advertisements, measurement and substitute guide, index, and blank pages for recipes.
 
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel of New York - John J. A. Murphy (illustrator)

1919 - The Irving Press, New York - First Edition
Rare art-deco work, magnificently designed and illustrated in wood blocks by the ‘Master of the Modern Wood Engraving’ John J.A. Murphy, the sixteen award-winning plates present the New York Ritz Carlton in all it’s glory, including the Crystal Ballroom, the Japanese Tea Garden, Dining Room and Grill Room, Palm Court, Smoking Rooms, and Roof Garden. With an additional loose letterpress announcement for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlantic City.

Born in Boston, Murphy began his art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then the Art Students League in New York. He received the bulk of his printmaking training in London, where he he worked in Frank Brangwyn’s studio at Hammersmith, and was later acclaimed for his work. He came back to the US in 1919, after serving in the army. In 1921, his work was included in the exhibition of
Modern American Wood Engraving at the New York Public Library. In a review of the exhibition in the New York Times, Murphy’s work was singled out as “the strongest and most original”.  
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The Complete Lawn Tennis Player - A. Wallis Myers

1921 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - Fifth Edition [First 1908]
With 90 illustrations, including many special action-photographs.

A classic work with fabulous photographic plates. This copy in the extremely scarce dust jacket.
 
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The Manufacture of Spirit, as conducted at the various distilleries of the United Kingdom - Joseph Alfred Nettleton

1893 - Marcus Ward & Co. Limited, London - First Edition
An extremely rare first edition of Nettleton’s famous treatise, noted as one of the early classic books on Whisky, illustrated with fifty plates, from engravings and woodcuts. Considered the most important technical reference work ever published on the subject.

There were very few books published on Whisky up until the 1970’s, and this work is the cornerstone of any collection. It was republished in 1913 with the more appropriate title The Manufacture of Whisky and Plain Spirit and a 300 copy private press facsimile edition was released in 2009. 
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De Arte Bibendi, Arte Jocandi, Artis Amandi, Dansandi; Meretricum fides: aliaque faceta. - Vincentius (Vincent) Obsopoeus ( Heydnecker )

1648 - Typographia Rediviva, Leiden
Contemporarily bound example of this little Rake’s Vade Mecum, containing all a 17th century gentleman about town needed to know.

Beginning with Obsopoeus’ ‘Drinking without getting drunk’, and continuing with numerous important texts such as ‘Practising the Art of Love’, ‘The Art of Amusing Conversation’, ‘Faithful lovers of harlots’; ‘Elogy of a Drunkard’, ‘Rules of Dancing’, and an essay titled ‘Fornicators, gamblers and drunkards have the worst problems: Explained’.

‘This volume, rare and beautifully produced, from the presses of Abraham Commelin, whose mark is on the title page.’ -
Willems. 
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So This Is Jazz - Henry O. Osgood

1926 - Little, Boston - First Edition
‘Jazz! The word is new and different, just as the thing itself.’

‘... the first book-length effort to define the nature and scope of jazz’
– Jeffrey Magee

A bright copy of the this important musical historiography, considered the first American book on jazz.

Osgood writes chapters on jazz vocalists, piano jazz, and the jazz orchestra, together with portraits of some of the leading jazz musicians and composers of the time, including Paul Whiteman, Ferdie Grofé, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Vincent Lopez, among others.
 
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Le Jazz Hot - Hugues Panassié

1934 - Editions R.-A. Corrêa, Paris - First Edition
‘As a lover of Hot Music as well as a player, I take great pleasure in introducing a book on Hot Music which is written by that wonderful little critic on Hot Music, Mr Hugues Parnassié’ – Louis Armstrong, from his introduction

A bright copy of one of the earliest and most important works on jazz, written by the founder of the Hot Club de Paris, Hugues Parnassié, at the age of just twenty-two, and presented here with the rare orange wrap around band.

Wonderfully illustrated with colour frontispiece by Roger Chastel and 10 black and white photographs of prominent jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Colman Hawkins, and Duke Ellington. Text in French, with Armstrong’s introduction in French and English. Index features an impressive 58-page list of ‘disques hot’.
 
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