The Savoy Cocktail Book. Being in the Main a Complete Compendium of the Cocktails, Rickey, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes and other Drinks, known and vastly appreciated in the year of grace, 1930, with sundry notes of amusement and interest concerning them, together with subtle observations upon Wines and their special occasions. The Cocktail Recipes in this book have been compiled by Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel, London. The Decorations are by Gilbert Rumbold. London: Constable, 1930. First Edition. Publisher's art deco style pictorial boards in silver, black & green, text printed in different coloures and beautifully illustrated throughout. Rebacked, inner hinges strengthened; light fraying along outer edges of preliminary leaves, scattered spotting throughout text. Housed in presentation solander box.
Publisher's presentation copy inscribed: 'With Compliments of the Publisher, Dublin 2/3/1931.' Ownership name of M.J. Cleary to Dedication page. Michael Cleary also known as 'Cocktail Mike.' He had a bar on the square in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and had a reputation for making a decent cocktail.
One of the most important, and useful, cocktail manuals and a high point of Art Deco bookmaking. The author, Henry Craddock was one of the most famous bartenders of the 1920s and 1930s. He had an eighteen year tenure at the Savoy Hotel in London which is where he wrote this collection of 750 Cocktails. Craddock is credited with creating many classic cocktails such as the 'White Lady' and the 'Corpse Reviver #2.'