Bottoms Up. Being A Glossary of Useful Information For the Thirsty; Compiled by Two Knights and a Maid assisted by John Walker and the Haig Brothers. Minneapolis: Gordon Volland Publications, The Buzza Company, (1928).
First edition. Original biplane illustrated card stock wrappers, string bound, 41 pages, 9 by 6 1/4 inches and in original matching illustrated cardboard box. Die-cut in the shape of a cocktail shaker. "52 Cock-Tail Spins for High Flyers from the Recipes of Many Celebrities", there are in fact only 28 recipes, contributed by celebrities including Fanny Brice (Coronation Cocktail), Marilyn Miller (Bronx Cocktail), June Walker (Absinthe Cocktail), The McCarthy Sisters (Sherry Cobbler), W.C. Fields (Clover Club Cocktail), Florenz Ziegfeld (Sloe Gin Fizz), and George Gershwin (Silver Fizz). "Bottoms Up is notable for two reasons. It was one of only a few cocktail books published in the U.S. during Prohibition, and it's the earliest known example of a book of cocktail recipes of famous celebrities. It's significant that "Tex" Guinan is included [as she had a] notorious reputation as the owner and manager of a Prohibition Era speakeasy called the 300 Club at 151 W. 54th Street in New York City." [Richard Powers; Stanford] Very scarce guide, especially so in original box. No copies located on WorldCat. A lovely Near Fine copy (having been protected all these years by the box), lacking corkscrew bottle opener that came with this guide, in Good only box, in which a previous owner unfortunately mended the edges of the box top with two layers of scotch tape, lower corners split, three corners split at bottom box.