A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story
A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story

A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story

£160.00

Michael Arlen. Additional texts by Sir Francis Towle, Professor C.H. Reilly and Sir Malcolm McAlpine. Text illustrations by Cecil Beaton.

Privately published by The Dorchester Hotel. [London]. [1931]. Hardback, quarto; boards bound in a zig-zag patterned cloth, pictorial title-label pasted to front board, matching zig-zag endpapers; folding double-page plan of the ground-floor of the hotel loosely inserted. 49 pages. Text illustrations by Beaton, including 2 full-page, 4 half-page and 1 decorative initial; 6 double-page hors texte colour plates and 4 full-page advertisements. English. 260 x 210mm. 0.5kg. . Very good; a few light surface marks to cloth boards and front label, fading to spine; off-setting on final two pages, stitching beginning to pull in a couple of places as is common with this book, some ink underlining in the later texts indicating the previous owner's interested in the architecture of hotel.

A Young Man Comes to London is a charming promotional book privately published by The Dorchester Hotel in London to celebrate its opening in 1931. It contains a short story by Michael Arlen, illustrated with line drawings by Cecil Beaton. Arlen’s story is a satirical romance involving two Bright Young Things on the make. Arlen himself was a figure of London society and his story, complemented by Beaton's illustrations, perfectly captures the mix of flightiness and bravado of the young 1920s set. The second-half of the book is devoted to the building and interiors of the new Dorchester. The Hotel's developers Sir Francis Towle and Sir Malcolm McAlpine provide 'A Brief History of a New Enterprise' and 'Some Facts and Figures about the Dorchester' respectively. Professor C.H. Reilly offers an architect's perspective. The colour plates reproduce drawings of the hotel’s interior.