Ritz's Carlton Restaurant - On Board The SS. “Kaiserin Auguste Victoria” (Hamburg-American Line). Under the Management of The Carlton Hotel, London - 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.
  Included are reprints of two 1909 menu’s from the Restaurant.

Provenance: from the Gastronomy Collection of Olof (Olov) Vilgon [1894-1979], Swedish collector and bibliographer, with his bookplate.
Dating: From the preface ‘less than twelve months ago it was announced that in and from October 1905.....’, also tonnage figures are given for the year 1905.
(24 x 29 cm) pp. [160] Reverse pages to text are blank.
  Condition: Very good plus, minor bump to spine, marks to rear boards, hinges starting, with tape repair to front pastedown.   Ref: 105774   Price: HK$ 3,000