Vienna; Bratislava. 1881-1891.
Collection of thirty-one menus, mounted in a contemporary scrapbook. The menus hail mostly from Vienna, in large part from the Metropole Hotel and Frohner's Hotel Imperial, but there are also four from the Palugyay Palace in Bratislava. Although the menus come from only a few hotel restaurants, there is great stylistic variety, with some of the menus printed, and other handwritten on printed card. A few contain original photographic portraits. Designs include a few exhibiting Orientalism. One of the menus serves as a place card, and has the name "Carl Von Oberleithner" inked on the verso. Von Oberleithner was a successful businessman in the Hemp and Flax industry, and perhaps this was his collection. The menus are displayedin chronological order covering a ten year period starting in 1881. A bit of fading to some of the menus, but overall in very good condition. The gilt-titled and decorated binder has some edgewear to the heavy card stock pages, and the cloth is rubbed and splitting at the hinges, otherwise in very good condition.