Cocktail Time

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Author: Wodehouse, P[elham] G[renville] (1881-1975)

Year: 1958

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Place: New York


219 pages. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2"). bound in original publisher's quarter pink cloth with black lettering to spine over black boards with blind-stamped pictorial imprint to front cover in original pictorial jacket with a limited run of 8000 copies. (APG, Wodehouse: 093b) First American edition.

Cocktail Time is a comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on June 20, 1958 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on July 24, 1958 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York. The story begins when Uncle Fred knocks off Sir Raymond Bastable’s top hat with a Brazil nut fired through the window of the Drones Club from a catapult. Sir Raymond naturally assumes that the culprit was a young Drone, but is unsure how to respond. A letter to the Times would open him to ridicule, especially as he is about to stand for Parliament. Uncle Fred suggests writing a novel exposing the iniquities of the younger generation. The eventual novel, “Cocktail Time”, which Bastable publishes under a pseudonym, becomes a succès de scandale after being condemned by a bishop. Afraid of being unmasked as the author, Bastable allows his ne’er-do-well nephew Cosmo Wisdom to take the credit, and the royalties, of the book. But, with his friend Gordon “Oily” Carlisle, and Oily’s wife Gertie, Cosmo plots to blackmail Sir Raymond, and to this end writes a letter revealing the true author of “Cocktail Time”. Much of the rest of the book is concerned with various characters’ attempts to get hold of the letter.


Jacket spine sunned, points and spine ends with light chips else a very good to fine copy in like jacket.

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