Wednesday, June 30, 2010
How lovely that yesterday while finding a lovely Lavender Farm filled with thoughts of Provence, I found a wonderful book containing glipses of Provence and other regions of France.
While visiting one of my favorite old and rare bookstores, I came upon this magnificent book filled with beautiful images of France from the 1920's.
This large book is filled with beautiful color plates mounted on gray tinted heavier paper. There are photographs of people and places in different regions of France.
The name of the book is Les Merveilles De La France le Payes, les Monuments, les Habitants
This beautiful maroon hardcover measures 7 3/4 inches by 9 3/4 inches tall. 444 pages. The book contains eighteen chapters, each chapter begins with a beautiful full color plate of the region. The last chapter is about Paris.
Illustrated beautifully with 18 full color plates, which are mounted on heavy tinted paper. All the plates are in the book.
The book is in wonderful condition, with the exception of the first page with tissue is free from the binding. Otherwise the gold-leaf is lovely and the book has been lovingly worn. Written in French, the author takes you on a tour through the history of France and it's geography.
In publisher's heavy maroon buckram-covered boards; sound hinges and joints; corners and edges lightly shelf-worn; hinges sturdy and good although there is a taped separation between the front inside page. Covers are decorated and titled in bright gilded script and ornamental flourishes.
I have created a custom bookplate for this treasure and listed it on my etsy shop, For The Love of Old Books.
France Illustrated, History. The book was published in 1920's in France by Hachette & Co.