Oriental Carpets - Herbert Coxon

1884 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A scarce nice copy of the earliest book in English written on rugs. Coxon was an intrepid traveller who established a direct importation route to England from the Middle East, in order to reduce the influence of the middlemen, who as Coxon describes in his dealings with them ‘I never came across one that I felt satisfied was thoroughly honest and fair. The whole of them were…downright rogues’.

Illustrated with one colour and ten tinted lithographic plates, together with a large foldout map in red and black. The wonderful frontispiece is titled ‘
Carpet dealing direct with natives. The Author bargaining over a prayer carpet in Dghestan. Temperature 125 degrees.’ 
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel of New York - John J. A. Murphy (illustrator)

1919 - The Irving Press, New York - First Edition
Rare art-deco work, magnificently designed and illustrated in wood blocks by the ‘Master of the Modern Wood Engraving’ John J.A. Murphy, the sixteen award-winning plates present the New York Ritz Carlton in all it’s glory, including the Crystal Ballroom, the Japanese Tea Garden, Dining Room and Grill Room, Palm Court, Smoking Rooms, and Roof Garden. With an additional loose letterpress announcement for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlantic City.

Born in Boston, Murphy began his art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then the Art Students League in New York. He received the bulk of his printmaking training in London, where he he worked in Frank Brangwyn’s studio at Hammersmith, and was later acclaimed for his work. He came back to the US in 1919, after serving in the army. In 1921, his work was included in the exhibition of
Modern American Wood Engraving at the New York Public Library. In a review of the exhibition in the New York Times, Murphy’s work was singled out as “the strongest and most original”.  
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Price HK$ 6,500