Friday, July 19, 2013

The Stork Club Bar Book



The Stork Club Bar Book

Beebe, Lucius
(Holliston, MA, U.S.A.)
Quantity Available: 1
Price: US$ 250.00
Book Description: "Rinehart and Co., New York, 1946. Handsomely bound in finely woven red cloth stamped brightly in green, white, and black with art design by Paul Rand. Name in ink at the top of the front endpaper; otherwise, very clean and tight throughout. With bright white and black lettering on the spine. In a very good minus dust jacket with the original price of $3.00 at the top of the inside front flap. The jacket has the same art work by Paul Rand on the front panel and a photo of Lucius Beebe and Sherman Billingsley on the rear panel. The jacket is lightly rubbed along the spine edges. And a few short pieces of tape have been applied to the verso to strengthen the spine folds. With light chipping to the top and bottom of the spine ends and little nicks at the corners. A wag once remarked that the three most engaging phenomena of the contemporary New York scene were Mrs. Vanderbilt, the Stork Club and Lucius Beebe.Here is the Stork Club. Not the whole of it, for its legend has achieved Homeric proportions. But here is the essence of its being, a brandied core of its reality, a soufflé flavored with its personality atmosphere and glamour. Lucius Beebe, originator of the phrase "saloon society," was first introduced to the Stork Club back in 1930 in the brave old East 58th Street days by Heywood Broun.Of him Stanley Walker has written: 'Mr Beebe will drink a double bottle of champagne without batting an eye whenever the mood comes over him, and, from my personal conviction, he mood comes over him agreeably and often." First Edition with matching dates of 1946 on the title and copyright pages as well as the Rinehart colophon. Bookseller Inventory # 201"
OH2:  So imagine my surprise when searching for a good cocktail recipe the other evening and happening upon this old beauty, originally the property of one "H. E. Balfour", on the shelf in my wetbar!  Not only does it make wonderful reading (and the recipes wonderful drinking) but my copy appears to be in better shape than the above $250 one.  It even has the original recipe for a Prairie Oyster ... yum!