The Gentleman's Companion. Charles H. Jnr Baker.
The Gentleman's Companion

The Gentleman's Companion

New York: Crown Publishers, 1946. Cloth. Complete in two volumes. Volume I: Being An Exotic Cookery Book or, Around the world with knife, fork and spoon. Including: A company of hand-picked receipts, each one beloved and notable in its place, collected faithfully on three voyages and a quarter million miles around the world, & other journeys. Not Forgetting:Certain valuable words to the wise, gleaned from divers chefs in many and strange places; and the home formulae for the construction of such intriguing exotics as Hell-Fire Bitters, Key West Old Lime Sour, Herb Vinegars; to say nothing of various strange and delicious sauces and bastings for fish, flesh, fowl, & the wilder games.Octavo, half title, xix, half title repeated, 220pp., red cloth covered boards with gilt device of knife fork and spoon on lower corner of top board, singe vertical line in gilt, device, title, author, volume title and number on spine (in gilt). Spine faded, gilt dull, black smudgemark between title and author.

Volume II: Being an Eoxtic Drinking Book or, Around the world with jigger, beaker and flask. Including: A personally collected regiment of world-famous lively liquid masterpieces from greater and lesser ports of Orient & Occident, & the South Seas. Not Forgetting: The proper and civilised service of beverages with foods, together with proven formulae for home construction of certain bitters, wines, meads & cordials; a meaty kernel of advice for those departing for the bars, & in the last a sextet of temperance delights, & a platoon of picker-uppers of proven worth & discretion. Octavo, (3) half title, frontis, title, xix, (1) half title repeated, 217pp, (3) blanks, orange cloth covered boards with gilt device of glass and jigger (?), singe vertical line in gilt, device, title, author, volume title and number on spine (in gilt). Spine faded, gilt dull, small mark on top board, previous owner name in ink to top of ffep, bottom tip of xv corner torn (no loss). Very good. Item #643

Charles Henry Baker Jnr (1895-1987) was an American magazine editor, columnist and publicist. He is well known for his culinary and cocktail publications and according to Wikipedia he counted Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner among his drinking companions. First published in 1939 by Derrydale Press in Indianopolis Gabler describes the first edition as having 216pp. This 1946 edition appears to be greatly expanded at over 437pp. (1995, G11910).

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