San Francisco: Pacific Buffet, Pacific Building, 1908. First edition thus. Paperback. 139, ,  pp.; 7.25 x 5 inches, original yellow pictorial wrappers. Unpaginated section at rear headed "Some New-Up-To-Now Seductive American Cocktails." Text water (or alcohol?) stained from title-page on in diminishing degrees until about page 60, last few pages with pencil check-marks to margins. Quite sturdy and presentable but thus good only. Item #22051
An expanded edition of the work first published in 1891 as "Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender." In his introduction to this 1908 edition the author states that his original "American Bartender" was published in 1890 and "Three editions, numbering over 50,000 copies were sold previous to the San Francisco fire,which destroyed the plates and lithographs, together with the stock on hand, necessitating the publication of a new manual . . ." These statements may contain some inaccuracies as the rarity of that earlier publication seems to prove. OCLC/Worldcat record only 3 copies of the 1891 edition and no other editions before this one of 1908. A classic drinks manual. Scarce. Bitting p. 49 (1891 edition); Noling p. 517.