Ritz's Carlton Restaurant - On Board The SS. “Kaiserin Auguste Victoria” -

Circa 1906 - Printed by Hudson and Kearns Printers, London - First Edition
‘A short account of the further development of the greatest improvement which has ever been effected towards the comfort of ocean travellers’.

Elaborately produced record of the S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria's maiden voyage from Hamburg to America, especially notable for its onboard Ritz Carlton Restaurant.

‘The man responsible for the interior design was the French architect Charles Mewès, who introduced the à-la-carte restaurant on the high seas. staffed and run by Ceasar Ritz himself, with dedicated kitchens were staffed and run by Auguste Escoffier, this was the first time that diners were offered an alternative to the first class dining saloon, but where the meals in the dining saloon were included in the ticket-price, passengers had to pay a special admittance fee when dining in the à-la-carte restaurant. Ironically, this fee could cost the same as a one-way ticket in third class.

A near fine and thus rare copy of this lovely work, which features twenty five tipped-in black and white photographs of the ship and it’s interiors, including the dining rooms, state room, and smoking room, as well as prominent sites in Hamburg and New York.
 
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The Architectural Review: For the Artist and Craftsman - Edward Burne-Jones et al.

1897 to 1902 - Architectural Review, Effingham House - First Editions
A superb and rare collection of the first eleven volumes of The Architectural Review, all published between 1897 and 1902, I - XI. Large volumes profusely illustrated, with several volumes featuring additional supplements bound in at rear, all in original publisher’s elaborately decorated gilt and green cloth covers.

Founded by Percy Hastings in 1896, on the cusp of the 20th century,
The Architectural Review is still in print today. The cover of the first issue bore the legend ‘a magazine for the artist and craftsman’, though this subsequently became ‘artist, archaeologist, designer and craftsman’, thus firmly setting its sights on Victorian polymaths everywhere. The earliest issues were large in format and plainly intended to make the discussion of architecture visual as well as verbal. In those early years, the AR was very much an Arts and Crafts organ inspired by John Ruskin and AWN Pugin, the movement’s great patriarchs. It slowly changed with the zeitgeist to become more devoted to classical architecture and conscious of stirring international developments.  
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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones

1910 - Quaritch, London - Folio Edition
‘Form without colour is like a body without a soul.’ – Owen Jones

The seminal work of architect and ornamental designer Owen Jones, ‘one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today’ [Victoria & Albert Museum], lavishly illustrated with 112 stunning colour plates

First published in 1856,
The Grammar of Ornament gathers together fine examples of decoration, and examines the underlying principles of ornament and polychromy. The work is Jones’ longest lasting legacy, hugely influential in design schools in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and still in print today, being an important source book for contemporary designers.

The first nineteen chapters present examples of ornament from numerous sources, diverse both historically and geographically. Most notable are those featuring designs from the Middle East – Turkish, Arabian, Moresque, Greek, Persian – but there are also chapters on Chinese, Roman, Hindoo, Indian, Medieval, Celtic, Elizabethan and Italian design. Chapter 20 examines ‘Leaves and Flowers from Nature’.
 
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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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