The World's Drinks and How to Mix Them. Standard Authority. William T. Boothby, Cocktail.
The World's Drinks and How to Mix Them. Standard Authority
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The World's Drinks and How to Mix Them. Standard Authority.

San Francisco: Pacific Buffet, Pacific Building, 1908.

First edition thus. 139, [1] pp. 8vo. Publisher's illustrated yellow wrappers. Wrappers and first and last pages worn and soiled, stain to page 44. Bitting, p. 49 (1891 ed.); Noling, p. 74. Item #314516

The 1908 expanded edition of this classic cocktail manual, first published in 1891 under the title Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender. Boothby, in his introduction to this edition, claims that "Three editions, numbering over 50,000 copies were sold previous to the San Francisco fire, which destroyed the plates and lithographs, together with the stock on hand, necessitating the publication of a new manual." We find reference only to the 1891 first edition, a 1900 edition, this 1908 edition, and later editions in 1930 and 1934; it's possible that a third pre-1906 edition was published and did not survive in any recorded copies.

Boothby tended bars in some 25 cities and boasts of a broad knowledge of drinks as they are made throughout the world. His section on "The World's Drinks" discusses drinks and liquors brought to the American drinker's attention by the "annexation of new territory by the United State" — drinks from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii and Samoa. Boothby was also a State Assmebly member representing San Francisco. He dedicated this edition "To the Liquor Dealers of San Francisco. Who unanimously assisted in my election to the legislature by an unprecedented majority"

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