Publisher: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1951).
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Fine copy in a slightly worn and price-clipped dust jacket.
Book ID: 28592
Description8vo, original red cloth spine and gray cloth boards, gilt lettering and gilt illustration. 14 illustrations.
CommentsA splendid and appropriate association copy of Bernard Devoto's amusing history of the American cocktail hour: Inscribed on the front free endpaper "This gospel for the spiritual and moral enlightenment of Cleveland Amory - Benny." DeVoto was an impassioned defender of the traditional cocktail hour and a promoter of the proper preparation of the dry martini. Cleveland Amory was the author of several classic works of social history (The Proper Bostonians and Who Killed Society, among them), a prolific columnist (most notably for the Saturday Review) and a self-described curmudgeon.