A collection of 1700 Cocktail Recipes with an introductory explanation on the origin of the name "Cocktail".
This very scarce British cocktail guide of both sweet and dry cocktail recipes was, at the time, the most comprehensive to be included in one book.
De Fleury published one other guide, a follow up, in which he adds 100 cocktails to this collection. ("1800 and All That - Drinks Ancient and Modern" from 1937)
Period advertisements in amongst recipes throughout, including one for the United Kingdom Bartender's Guild.
From inside front flap:
"The largest collection of formulae ever included in one book. 1,262 Sweet Cocktails, 287 Dry Cocktails."
Recipes include "Autumn Glory", "Entente Cordial", "Kola Tonic", "Kingston Kick", "Pimmeron", "Turf No. 3", "Mule's Hind Leg" and "Seventh heaven to name but a few.
During Prohibition in the United States, a variety of different concoctions were created to disguise the taste of poor alcohol. The concept of "mixing" crossed the Atlantic, and during the 1920s and 30s London's barmen developed a large array of different cocktails. De Fleury, a veteran London barman sought to bring all of these recipes together in one manual. Printed in an edition of only 5,000 copies it is difficult to find in nice condition.
CONDITION: Green leather boards are clean with minor scuffs. Binding firm. Dust Jacket in two pieces, the front cover and inside front cover flap only. Front cover has been taped inside to hold together smaller section. DJ held in place over book with clear plastic cover which can be removed without harm. Spine is rubbed with faint title lettering. Slight scuffing to the corners and spine ends. No other inscriptions or notations. Pages in very nice, clean condition. (See photos for reference)