Jayne’s Bartender’s Guide: A Practical Handbook for Professionals and Amateurs, 1934: First edition, first printing of this small, paper covered bartender’s book published by Dr. D. Jayne and Sons, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. (Advertising in the back of the book tells us that Dr. Jayne manufactured a variety of over-the-counter “medicines.”) 152 pages, short, one-page essay entitled “Lest We Forget” about the dangers of Prohibition. One or more pages have been torn out of the back. Stapled binding is strong. Pages are clean and clear and evenly tanned. Every page has a toast at the bottom, a quotation fromlike Mark Twain. Some of them reflect the times, like “Here’s to woman; if she cannot be captain of a ship, may she always command a smack.” Also has several illustrations of black folks as natives in the jungle boiling white men in large pots. Extremely rare.
With an anonymous author and published by Dr D Jayne and Son in Philadelphia circa 1934, Jayne’s Bartender’s Guide was one of many books published right after the repeal of Prohibition in the USA that hoped to revive the recipes and the culture of cocktail drinking after a nearly 15-year hiatus. In addition to recipes for cocktails and mixed drinks, there are also formulae for making some long-lost ingredients such as Stoughton’s Bitter, Angostura Bitters, Orange Bitters, Usquebaugh Cordial, and loads of other curiosities. Recipes include the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail, the Pousse Cafe American, the Klondyke Cocktail. Great gift for a bartender’s book collector.