This classy, richly illustrated book on cocktails was written by Georges Gabriel Thenon – Rip, a French bon viveur, singer and author of revues, written between the beginning of the 20th century until his death.
The book was illustrated by Paul Colin, one of France’s greatest poster artists. He was made famous in 1925 by his poster for the Revue Nègre, which helped to launch the career of Josephine Baker.
The most fascinating part of this book are custom-made gold and hand-painted covers, decorated with Art-Deco gastronomy motives and quodlibet verso. As indicated by a gold plate-mark on the first page, the book belonged to a high-end fan maker from Berlin Heinrich Nicolaus van Santen, who was a Royal warrant of appointment to the King of Saxony.
See the complete book here: http://www.euvs.org/en/collection/book/cocktails-de-paris