The Raffles Treasury (hardcover)

The Raffles Treasury (hardcover)

Andreas Augustin and Rebecca Lee



Leather-bound edition



Hardcover with dust jacket




140 x 205 mm

The first of all Treasury books, appeared in 1987, to celebrate Raffles centennial. It was the first paperback (Treasury) book in the Famous Hotels library, and it should become one of the most successful publications in hotel publishing. The first edition was edited by Singaporean Rebecca Lee. It is to an extend based on the precise research work of Ilsa Sharp, whose book There is only one Raffles had been published two years earlier.

The book became famous for featuring the discovery of Raffles' original architectural drawings, lost for over 100 years in the dungeons of a Singapore archive. Andreas Augustin had been looking for them for over one year, finally tracing them down in a dusty corner of an architectural archive in Singapore's North Bridge Road. Raffles General Manager Roberto Pregarz arranged for a huge book launching party, prominently displaying the drawings mounted on boards.

Thus, Raffles renovation and restoration process could begin. Following the discovery of the drawings, the hotel was almost instantly listed as a National Monument of Singapore. One and a half years later it closed for its renovation.



The cover photography was arranged on the billiards table of Raffles Hotel. The photo was shot by Alain Evrard.


The books is today out of print, collectors offer them on the usual markets. The following updated editions had a red cover. Between April 1987 and February 1989, five updated editions were printed.

It does not matter where we are in the world — whether in a Viennese Heurigen winegarden savouring fine Austrian wines, along a sidewalk Bistro in Paris watching the world over a coffee cup, or in a pub on London's Brompton Road soaking up the beer atmosphere — whenever the conversation turns to the Far East and Singapore, the topic of interest is always the same. Not the Singapore is the trade and commerce centre of the South East Asian region, nor that it is the world's second largest port, with a fine airport and communication system. Rathe, the question on everyone's lips is 'Isn't that where the wonderful old hotel is?' And woe betide the ignorant fool who dares to ask 'Which hotel?', for he will swiftly and surely be put in a most uncomfortable position by incredulous acquaintances: 'Why, Raffles of course. Haven't you heard of it? It's been around for ages.'

Publisher's recommendations

Dear wonderful Readers; 

Days like this lead to endless hours at home, time for books, time to read and to prepare our next journeys. 

I recommend the new edition of HOTEL METROPOLE HANOI.

The first copies of THE HALF MOON TREASURY are being released – exclusively to our readers (and before its official launching date). 

We have released a reprint of our successful book THE WESTIN EXCLESIOR ROME, the most famous hotel on Via Veneto. 

The new edition of THE STRAND (Yangon,Myanmar) receives wonderful readers' feedback — thank you for your notes and mails. 

There is a hotel in Seefeld, Tyrol, Austria, which stands for all the fables and legends this little olympic village has to tell. It is called ASTORIA, and run by legendary hotelier Elisabeth Gürtler. Our new book SEEFELDER MINIATUREN - ASTORIA - A STORY - A LEGEND is available now – in this store. It is in German, only (for the time being).

Upon request, we dispatch all our books personally autographed (as you know).

Have a save journey!

Andreas Augustin

aa at famoushotels dot org

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."

Harry S. Truman

(1884 - 1972)

33rd President of the United States

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