Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1951.
Octavo (21 x 14 cm.), 84 pages. Illustrated. Subtitle from dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of this classic eulogy for “the violet twilight of each day - cocktail hour.” From the Pulitzer winning historian, critic and editor. DeVoto argues against what he saw as the over-complication of the drink which followed Repeal. “The hope of America are those who cherish our two most magnificent indigenous products – American whiskey (rye or bourbon) and the Dry Martini”, he writes. Publisher's gilt-stamped gray cloth over red cloth spine; some wear to edges and bit of fading to top of spine; small stain/abrasion at foot of spine. In a price-clipped and somewhat edgeworn dust jacket. With a gift inscription in pencil to the free front end paper, "To an esteemed member of the fellowship, from a warm admirer, James [A.? Mulburg?], 17 August, 1954"