New York: Leslie-Judge Company, . 4th Printing. Hardcover. Twenty-fourmo size, 63 pp. Very good +. Item #15102901
Norman Hume Anthony (1889-1968), cartoonist and illustrator, editor of Judge Magazine and, later, Life Magazine, authored this bar book during Prohibition in America. A predecessor of the 1930 "Savoy" cocktail book, which takes many recipes from "Here's How!", this book contains many popular cocktail recipes from the early twentieth century, accompanied by Anthony's witticisms in the form of suggested "toasts" to go with each drink, printed at the bottom of each page.
This delightful volume shows the liveliness during the Prohibition era that pervaded the 1920s despite the laws in place (the Prohibition law would not be repealed until five years after this book was published). This book is the fourth printing of the first edition, printed in March 1927, two months after the first impression.
___DESCRIPTION: Full light blue paper with gilt lettering on the front board, blue endpapers, title page in orange and black with a black woodcut of a portrait of Judge Jr., facsimile of Judge Jr.'s signature at the end of the foreword, running headings with orange text and black decorative borders throughout, orange illustration on the colophon at the end of the book; twenty-fourmo size (5" by 3.25"), pagination: [1-4] 5-62 [1 colophon].
___CONDITION: Volume is better than very good; with mostly clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; bottom corners are very gently bumped, extremely slight rubbing to the head of the spine, and there is a stain on the front cover (approximately 1.5"). Overall, volume is near fine, but is being listed as very good + because of the stain.
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