Texts by La Princesse Bibesco and Rene Heron de Villefosse. Illustrations by Jean-Louis de Maigret. Photographs by Jean Vincent.
Monaco. Editions du Rocher. 1954. First edition. Limited to 550 copies, this being no. 96 of 500 examples 'sur papier offset pour le texte et sur papier couche pour les illustrations'. White paper wrappers, matching card chemise and slipcase with paper label pasted to front board. Unpaginated [40 pages]. Signed and inscribed by the Baron de Rede to the half-title - 'pour Monsieur Edwards / avec mes pensees les meilleurs / Alexis de Rede. / le 6. vii. 56.' 13 charbon photographs, tipped-in. 250 x 200mm (9¾ x 7¾"). 0.55kg. . French. Near fine; very faint offsetting to wrappers; some browning to spine of chemise; browning to slipcase with light surface marks to white paper covering; an excellent copy of a delicate item.
A presentation copy of a 1954 tribute to the Baron de Rede's magnificent Hotel Particulier. The main body of the book is composed of 13 photographs taken by Jean Vincent of the exterior and apartment rooms of the Hotel Lambert, transformed and restored by Rede in the preceding years. The residence was a society hub and the location for the Baron's infamous costumed balls. The photographs are preceded by two essays, 'La Chanson de l'Isle Saint-Louis' by Princesse Bibesco and 'Heurs, Malheurs et Bonheurs de l'Hotel Lambert' by Rene Heron de Villefosse.