WOLFGANG BECK, JACK. GOOD. 4 1/4 X 7. Cream color cloth hardcover wear and staining to front cover with some staining, previous owner gift inscription to front end page; visible stain to front cover liquid damage. Over 700 delicious recipes from martinis to mulls. Basic cocktails, plus pointers on glassware, gadgets. _PAB_
Very Good. First edition, first printing. Very Good, lacking dust jacket. Faint stain and light scuffing to cloth at rear. Previous owner name are front paste down, and again on title page. Marking in text at early pages, with one page creased. Rear paste down has what appears to be a ink-marked clipping from the dust jacket taped on. A highly influential cocktail book, written by an attorney who never worked in the liquor industry.
Very Good. New and revised edition. Near Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Signed "Cordially Yours, Dave Embury" on the half title page, not inscribed to anyone. Faint bump to top of page corners. Slight soiling to top edge of page block. Rear board shows a faint ding to the surface at about the center. Faint wear at corners and spine ends. The dust jacket shows light edge wear, wear at spine ends and corners, with a chip to the top rear corner, and a ding in the rear panel corresponding to the ding in the board. A very lovely copy, signed by the author.
Near Fine in Very Good + jacket. Inscribed by the author: "Inscribed by the author with deep gratitude to Miss Mildred S. Withington whose keen interest and generous help did so much to help launch this book. Cordial-ly yours, Dave Embury." A Near Fine copy of the book with some spots on the topstain and a bump to the lower edge of the rear board. In a Very Good + price clipped dust jacket with a lightly faded spine, scuffs or scratches to the front panel and minor wear at the extremities. Embury at 62 years old and a senior tax partner at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, turned his interest in cocktails into one of the essential connoisseur reference guides. Now, along with Thomas' "Bar-Tender's Guide, " "The Savoy Cocktail Book" and a handful of others, this book is one of the most sought after mixology books, and one of the most difficult to find in the first edition. This is an early printing, from 1948 in the same format at the true first, but lacking the "First Edition" slug on the copyright page. Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.
About Fine in Very Good + jacket. Warmly inscribed by the author: "To my very good friend and associate, Ernst Lampe. Cordial-ly yours, Dave Embury." A lovely just about Fine copy of the book with a ding to the front lower corner, otherwise clean and square. In a sharp, Very Good + dust jacket with a lightly faded spine and minor wear at the extremities. Embury at 62 years old and a senior tax partner at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, turned his interest in cocktails into one of the essential connoisseur reference guides. Now, along with Thomas' "Bar-Tender's Guide" and "The Savoy Cocktail Book" and a handful of others, this book is one of the most sought after mixology books, and one of the most difficult to find in the first edition. No copy appears in the auction record and we can find no copy of the first edition, with or without a jacket (let alone inscribed) on the market. about Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.
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