Edited by Hugo Vickers.
England. Privately published by the Estate of the late Baron de Rede. Printed by The Dovecote Press. 2005. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 174 pages. Illustrated throughout with archival images from Rede's own collection. 260 x 220mm (10¼ x 8¾"). 1kg. 190434903x. English. Fine, an excellent copy.
'Alexis, Baron de Rede (1922-2004) will be remembered as the man who restored the Hotel Lambert, where he lived from 1949 until his death on 9 July 2004 at the age of 82. A man of exceptional elegance and style, he lived a life in which aesthetic perfection was his aim and his ideal. He hosted the magnificent Oriental Ball at the Lambert in 1969, and was the last survivor of a world in which magnificent costume balls were given and the beau monde of the world invited.' (from the blurb).
These memoirs talk about his life within this beau monde and include cameo appearances from many great artistic and social figures, including Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Yves Saint Laurent, Brigitte Bardot, Rudolf Nureyev, Maria Callas and Elizabeth Taylor.