'THE CORPSE REVIVER' AND OTHER COCKTAILS
CRADDOCK, Harry. The Savoy Cocktail Book. Being in the main a complete compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes, and other Drinks, known and vastly appreciated in this year of grace 1930 ... compiled by Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel, London. London: Constable & Company, 1930.
8vo. Original cloth-backed boards, lettered in gilt to spine; attractive Art Deco design to the upper cover in green, black, silver and grey; decorative end papers; pp. 288; with a addendum Barcardi cocktail to p. 25; coloured decorations throughout by Gilbert Rumbold; uniform rubbing to the oxidised silver on the boards as is common, with light foxing to outer edges of text block, pushing to head and foot of spine, and bumping to corners. A very nice example.
The true first edition of this celebrated cocktail book, with the pagination beginning from p. 1. Sought after both for its recipes and for the fine Art Deco cover, cocktails included are the Corpse Reviver: "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again", the Earthquake Cocktail: "So-called because if there should happen to be an earthquake on when you are drinking it, it won't matter", the Rattlesnake Cocktail: "So called because it will either cure Rattlesnake bite, or kill Rattlesnakes, or make you see them", and many more.
A wonderfully designed collection of cocktails evoking the spirit and gaiety of the era.