Boston: Ben-Burk Inc., 1941.
Small octavo (18 x 12 cm.), 112, , 113-160 pages. Includes the color-illustrated "Home Bar Guide". Printed in bladk and lavender and with decorative borders throughout. Stated "5th Printing", but formally Second Revised edition, second printing (the revision was published in 1940). Issued as a promotional item for the Ben-Burk line of spirits, distilled in Boston, the book became a staple of professional and home bars around the country. The Old Mr. Boston Guide finds its roots in a slim booklet One Hundred Cocktails, Some Old -- Some New in 1932, prior to the Repeal of Prohibition. In 1934 it was expanded and the title changed to 120 Cocktails. Expanded once again in 1935 and re-titled, it was an instant hit and went on to become one of the most iconic American cocktail recipe books. In gold-decorated and textured burgundy leatherette, with a color "medallion" depicting Mr. Boston laid on the front board. Slight bump to top fore corner; one leaf dog-eared, otherwise fine. [Noling, page 117].