“There is only one palm beach and there will never be another one like it”: First Edition of J. Wadsworth Travers History of Beautiful Palm Beach
History of Beautiful Palm Beach.
Traver, J. Wadsworth .
Item Number: 55012
West Palm Beach, FL: J. Wadsworth Travers / The Palm Beach Press, 1929.
First edition of this early work on Palm Beach. Octavo, original green cloth, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition.
"Prior to being established as a resort by Henry Morrison Flagler, who made the Atlantic coast barrier island accessible via his Florida East Coast Railway, Palm Beach was a sparsely populated part of Lake Worth. The nucleus of the community was established by Flagler's two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hotel and The Breakers Hotel. Flagler's house lots were bought by the beneficiaries of the Gilded Age, and in 1902 Flagler himself built a Beaux-Arts mansion, Whitehall, designed by the New York–based firm Carrère and Hastings and helped establish the Palm Beach winter "season" by constantly entertaining. The town was incorporated on 17 April 1911.