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Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge. Foreword by Brooke Astor. New York & Paris. The Vendome Press. 1987. First English-language edition, distributed in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. First published in French in 1986. Black cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 128 pages. 189 illustrations in colour and b&w. 355 x 275mm (14 x 10¾"). 1.5kg. 0865650853. English. Near fine; slight surface wear to jacket, small 1cm closed tear at top edge of rear jacket, small area of damage to laminate in bottom forecorner of front jacket; generally an excellent copy, clean with no inscriptions.A classic book documenting the 'Legendary Parties' held in Europe during the middle of the half of the twentieth century. These bals masques gathered together the elite of society and are still being talked about today. Faucigny-Lucinge guides us through a selection of the grandest parties with the aid of many never-before-published photographs taken by the likes of Man Ray, Horst , Hoyningen-Huene and Beaton. The parties include the Louis XIV ball, the Proust Ball, the White Ball, the Oriental Ball and the Surrealist Ball. The hosts include Etienne and Edith de Beaumont, Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Carlos de Beistegui, Baron Alexis de Rede, the Rothschilds and the author himself. The hosts and attendees employed the creative talents of the great artists of the time, amongst them Picasso, Berard, Cocteau, Chanel, Poiret, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balanchine and Lifar.