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Friday, December 15, 2006

Benedictine Rewrites for Kids

Don't know how old this book is, I bought it for the illustrations, from a used bookseller I used to go see, an old communist in Egg Harbor- he had a real treasure trove and was always fair. There are links to larger images at each of the images below. This is an advertising piece that would never fly today- a kid's story with booze as the treasure.

Ali Baba or the 40 Thieves



Inside front cover: protagonist + distinguished/venerated hooch.



A brave tailor named Ali Baba lived another time in a small town in Persia........



Note the parsing of syllables for young readers.


Translation of caption: "After entering the cave he found a collection of elegant bottles..."
The treasure he found was the fascinatingly historied Benedictine


Caption translated" "He was surprised by the thieves and massacred (accosted?) by them."
Some mauvais-âne lookin' thieves alrighty...


Foul play against the foul


Trans: "He found the carefully hidden secret of Benedictine."
Only 3 people at any time are allowed to know its secret recipe..hence the smug look.


Inside back cover - view of the distillery. The big one is very nice..


Ali Baba finally gets to chill with his cache of Benedictine & Persian pals.
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