HOW TO MIX DRINKS, or the Bon Vivant's Companion. Containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States . . . etc. To Which is Appended A Manual for the Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, Fancy Syrups, etc., etc. . . . by Christian Schulz. Jerry Thomas.
HOW TO MIX DRINKS, or the Bon Vivant's Companion. Containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States . . . etc. To Which is Appended A Manual for the Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, Fancy Syrups, etc., etc. . . . by Christian Schulz.

HOW TO MIX DRINKS, or the Bon Vivant's Companion. Containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States . . . etc. To Which is Appended A Manual for the Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, Fancy Syrups, etc., etc. . . . by Christian Schulz.

New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, (1862 copyright, but later printing). First edition, later printing. 244, [8] advert. pp., engraved illustrations in the text; octavo, original green cloth with spine title and ornaments stamped in gilt, blind-stamped ornaments to covers, yellow endpapers. (pages 1-87 contain the Jerry Thomas drinks manual; the Schulz text is on pages 89-244, beginning with a separate title page. Covers moderately stained, rubbing to spine ends, corners lightly bumped, some stains to endpapers, old dampstain to lower corner of most of the text but quite faint, overall still quite presentable and near very good. Item #22616

The first edition of Professor Thomas' "Bon Vivant's Companion" was published in 1862 and is considered the first American cocktail book. The present copy has no printing date on title page, but was likely printed some months after the first printing. A survey of library holdings finds copies with printing dates of 1863 and 1864 with the same pagination as this one. This copy has "Price $2.50" embossed in gilt below the spine title ornament. The first and earliest printings were priced $1.50. See Cagle & Stafford 743; Noling p. 403.

Price: $2,500.00

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