“The patio is the most distinctive feature of the Palm Beach home. It is a room open to th sky, yet always shaded, where the soft, balmy weather days and lovely nights may be enjoyed to their fullest extent”: first edition of palm beach villas with an introduction by howard major
Palm Beach Villas.
Item Number: 41049
Palm Beach, Florida: R.O. Davies Publishing Company, Inc, 1929.
First edition. Quarto, original black cloth, printed in intaglio brown on India Warren’s cameo book paper in the plant of the Palm Beach Daily News, gilt title to the front panel. Illustrated with 117 black and white photographic plates. Foreword by Oscar G. Davies and with an introduction by architect Howard Major. In near fine condition with only light rubbing.
Published in 1929, Palm Beach Villas captures the most beautiful and iconic villas typical of the unique style that defines Palm Beach. Oscar G. Davies states in its foreword, the photographs were compiled "with the intention of bringing within the limits of a single volume, as near as possible, a complete picture of the beautiful homes in Palm Beach, the world famous winter resort." Davies' father and Palm Beach Villas' publisher, Col. R. O. Davies founded Palm Beach Life Magazine in 1907 shortly after buying the only previously existing newspaper in Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Daily News, with financial partner and fellow Palm Beach resident Henry Morrison Flagler.