Boston: B.B. Inc.; [Ben-Burk Distillers], 1934.
Small folded pamphlet (11 x 6.5 cm.), 16 pages when folded. Printed in red, black and blue. FIRST EDITION. One of the very rare precursors to the famous Old Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide (1935). Following Repeal, Ben-Burk Distillers published the Guide, which was to become one of the iconic cocktail recipe books. Originally published as a promotional item for the Ben-Burk line of spirits distilled in Boston, the Guide became a staple of professional and home bars around the country. But prior to the first work titled Old Mr. Boston Guide, Ben-Burk published One Hundred Cocktails, Some Old -- Some New (1932) and One Hundred and Twenty Cocktails, Fizzes, Punches, Highballs, Toddies and Long Drinks (1934), both of which are very rare. We can add this small work – previously unrecorded – to this short list of precursors. A bit of soiling to edges, and one corner dog-eared; otherwise very good. All early printings of the Mr. Boston Guide are scarce. Unrecorded. [OCLC records no copies; not in Noling or EUVS].