Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co. Inc., 1958.
Octavo, 362 pages. The third, revised edition of perhaps the last of the classic cocktail books, a bookend of sorts to all of the pioneers that came before. Embury was nothing if not opinionated and blunt about expressing himself, so it comes as no surprise that David Wondrich puts him squarely in the "You may not know it, my friend, but you're drinking horse piss" school of drink writing. In this third, and some many think best, edition of The Fine Art, Embury includes documents new changes in the cocktails he's included, and expands on his philosophy a good bit, including further comments on why a martini made with vodka is "a monstrosity". In addition to this information, this edition sports a true "Mad Men dust jacket design, with a tasty photo by John Reed on the cover. Fine in publisher's yellow cloth, in a price clipped dust jacket, with just a bit of fading and wear to the spine.