Carlton Hotel.   London     - Escoffier was Chef de Cuisine for 20 years.
With a Brief History of the Site and the Surrounding Neighbourhood
Imprinted at the Sign of the Grassehopper, by Unwin Brothers, Ltd., The Gresham Press, in 27 Pilgrim Street, in the Parish of St. Anne's, Blackfriars, in the City of London. 1902.
Large 4to. 1fep as half-title. Frontispiece - etched b&w illustration of Carlton House.1820. Title page with 1" wide red engraved scrolled border with advertisement on verso. 1pp - Illustrations with advertisement on verso. 1pp - Contents. [1] 2pp - Introduction. pp 13-81. pp 17 Advertisements. [1] Bound in original dark tan calf with a 1/2" green fillet and gilt lines and dentelles. The back cover also with a 1/2" green fillet and gilt lines. Almost as new. All pages untrimmed, wide-margined and very clean. Also enclosed is a copy of a Carlton Hotel headed letter written in French by Mons. Escoffier to a Mr Cadier, with a translation of the letter. Also a b&w photograph of Cadier. Also a Carlton Hotel luggage label of that period. A postcard of The Grand Hotel des Thermes – Salsomaggiore, of which Escoffier's partner, Cesar Ritz was a Joint Proprietor. A very handsome copy of a very scarce book.
- This book is of great interest to the student or collector of Escoffier and Ritz. Mons. Auguste Escoffier was Chef de Cuisine of the Carlton Hotel from 1899 to 1919. The book was published and brought out during his tenure there. His name is mentioned on page 26. Mons. Cesar Ritz was the General Manager of the Carlton Hotel from 1899. They both moved from the Savoy Hotel, London to open the new Carlton Hotel. In the advertisements at the back of the book it shows the hotels that Cesar Ritz was involved with: The Grand Hotel des Thermes, Salsomaggiore - Joint Proprietor. The Hyde Park Hotel, London - Advisory Manager. The Hotel Ritz, Paris - Managing Director. There are also two hotels that show where Escoffier was Chef de Cuisine: The Grand Hotel, Monte Carlo, and the Grand Hotel National, Lucerne. The book, which was printed commemorating The Carlton Hotel and the neighborhoods of the Carlton House and Carlton House Terrace, includes sections on Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Malbourough House, Clubland, The Haymarket, St James Park, St James Palace and Hyde Park. A beautiful book, with many engravings and illustrations and all pages of text with red elaborately engraved borders.

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