Rolls Royce. Rolls-Royce Adaptability. Long Island City, N.Y.: Executive Sales Offices. [n.d., c. 1929].
Long quarto. Original plain cream wrapper; title page and 10 pochoir leaves printed on recto only in Art Deco style, with cutout forming a window through three leaves; wrapper a little sunned and chipped, previous owner's signature in pencil to top left, otherwise fine.
A very rare and sumptuous Rolls-Royce catalogue, aimed at the American market, from just before the Depression - references to the 'keen and successful financiers' of Wall Street might not have been approved for publication after the Crash of October 1929. All of the models shown boast bodywork by Brewster. The relationship between between Brewster and Rolls-Royce of America did not survive the Depression; the latter company folded, and Brewster ended up designing for Ford until it went bankrupt in 1935. This catalogue is a symbol of a more glamorous and decadent time.