1912 · Chicago
by Banning, Kendall; [Brothers of the Book]
Chicago: Brothers of the Book, 1912. Duodecimo (15.5 x 11.4 cm.), [ ] pages. Illustrated with woodcut vignettes. Addenda laid-in at rear. Stated "Reprint Edition" but evident FIRST EDITION, though the addenda attempts to sew doubt. The Brothers of the Book Society was founded in 1898 by Laurence Conger Woodworth (1874-1924) with the purpose of publishing noteworthy books. This work is an anachronism, with recipes for various alcoholic beverages, mostly punches, purporting to be a reprint of a found work from 1784. The colophon states that the hoax was perpetrated by Kendall Banning (1879-1944). The "Addenda" laid-in at rear is interesting as Woodworth responds to the colophon, the "writer of the 'explanation' accepted Mr. Banning's statement that the original of this reprint was a hoax. Since the book went to press, however, several of Mr. Banning's friends have written in vigorous protest..." Publisher's original calf-backed, marbled paper-covered boards, paper label on cover. Spine and boards a bit rubbed, otherwise very good. With the ownership stamp of Ann Robbins to the front free endpaper. The stamp is combination: a blind-stamp of the name, and a green rubber stamp with the monogram "ARR". Additionally inscribed , "When Dewar falls in Castle Healey try some of these. Hink, 12/25/12."
(Inventory #: 7753)