First Edition. Octavo, original cloth, 294 pages plus ads. "The Only William receives much less attention from historians today than Jerry Thomas and Harry Johnson, yet it could be argued that he was far more famous in his lifetime than either of them. William was renowned for creating new drinks. And at one point he was estimated to have invented a new one daily. He even created a “$5 cocktail” at a time when drink prices hovered around 15 cents. Sadly, that recipe is lost. He was credited with an encyclopedic knowledge of the classics, but he preferred talking with his customers, then inventing new drinks on the spot to suit their tastes and moods." [EUVS Digital Collection] A Good only copy, textually Very Good, but text block basically detached from binding as both inner hinges are broken, cloth rather worn at spine ends and cover corners.