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”.
  Thes work won the Black and White Illustration and Design award in the Art Directory 1921 for ‘wood-cuts made for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel through the Irving Press.’

References: Black Against White: John J.A. Murphy, Master of the Modern Wood Engraving - Kirk, Laird, Martel et al. Art Directory 1921 p.viii Awards Section I, Plates 291-292, page 97.

(31.8 x 23.6 cm) pp. 2 blank end-leaves, 16 leaves printed one one side, 2 blank end-leaves. In publishers wrappers over card, woodblock print and black lettering to front panel, lower edge uncut.
  Condition: Very good, some plates loose, wrappers with spine tape only to lower quarter, some minor archival repair to front inner hinge, black ink stains to verso of several plates.   Ref: 105775   Price: HK$ 6,500