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.


DSC06632While 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.

La France

DSC06632This 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

La France

DSC06632This 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.

La France

DSC06632Illustrated beautifully with 18 full color plates, which are mounted on heavy tinted paper. All the plates are in the book.


DSC06632The 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.


DSC06632In 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.

La France

DSC06632I have created a custom bookplate for this treasure and listed it on my etsy shop, For The Love of Old Books.

My creation

DSC06632France Illustrated, History. The book was published in 1920's in France by Hachette & Co.

1 comment:

myletterstoemily said...

that certainly is a treasure! the pictures
are glorious.

my husband and i found two enormous
french illustrated bibles in germany, of
course. i would love for you to see if,
because you would appreciate so much
more than we ever could.

the shipping, alone, was astronomical.
someday i will take some photos to show

have a lovely day,