Barss, William. Good in Fair jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Eight printing. Illustrated dust jacket intact but quite rubbed with light soil and nicks. Not price-clipped. Orange boards with black print and illustration. Top edge with light soil but otherwise clean text block. The dust jacket cover says, "A master of the intoxicating phrase Bernard DeVoto writes of the cultural importance of hard liquor and the only hour--the cocktail hour."
84p., sketch illustrations, hardbound first edition in red and gray fabric over boards in damaged dust jacket. Casing mildly rolled, lower edge rather shelfworn, text edges a little foxed, clean within but slightly musty; dj is very edgeworn with a two-inch chip out of the tail. A good reading copy.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1951. First edition. Hardcover. 84 pp. Very good, in a very good price clipped jacket. Minor bumping on the spine, with faint rubbing on the edges. Jacket has slight edge wear, with a 1/2" chip in the head. Minor damp stain on the rear panel.
Illustr by William Barss, 8 x 5.25, two tone cloth, 84 pp, covers lightly rubbed, spine ends bumped, hinges loose else a nice, clean copy in an extremity-worn dust jacket with snag on rear panel. Joys of drinking by the great historian.
8vo. , 84 pp. Numerous text illustrations. Half-red cloth over gray, gilt decoration & lettering (minor shelfwear at lower fore-edge, slight rubbing), w/ d.j. (minor shelfwear, 1 very small closed tear), VG/VG copy. First edition of the author writing of the importance of hard liquor and the cocktail hour.
Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Slight spine sun fade. Light top page block foxing. 84 p. Red and gray cloth over boards. Front: gold raised cocktail glass before clock. Pen&Ink illustrations. "The Hour" begins by offering American History on the light side as regards alcohol, the beverage; offers up blame on publishers and their cookbooks finding new ways to use liquor and wine; and then gets to an American studies observation of the importance of the cocktail hour, which for this author is 6pm. He credits Prohibition with bringing equality of drinking for women, together with men surreptitiously. Toward the end, he laments that history has not recorded who the inventor was of distillation.
Very Good. The Hour by Bernard DeVoto. Published by Houghton, Mifflin Co. Boston USA. 1951. 8vo. 84pp. Illustrated. HB/DJ. Very good in good dust jacket. Gray linen covered boards with red publisher's fabric on spine. Gold desine (hand, martini, clock) on front board and gold print on spine (moderately rubbed, faded). Soiled and worn with a few small frays showing at the head and foot of spine. Otherwise the book is in very good condition throughout. The dust jacket is on the low side of good. There is heavy damage at the head and foot of the spine and the tips. Several pieces missing from these areas. Not price-clipped. Dust jacket is now in mylar. Photographs/scans available upon request.
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