Sophia Murphy. Foreword by the Duchess of Devonshire.
London. Sidgwick & Jackson. 1984. Hardback, dust jacket. 176 pages. Illustrated in black-and-white. 255 x 195mm (10 x 7¾"). 0.8kg. 0283989882. English. Very good, in very good jacket; some browning to jacket, not price-clipped; slight yellowing to edges of pages, no inscriptions.
A chronicle of the society ball that set the standard for the great parties of the twentieth century. The Duchess of Devonshire's fancy dress ball was held on the 2nd July 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. All of society and royalty were there (apart from the Queen herself who was too infirm to attend) and the guests were wonderfully captured in their costumes by an official photographer. Margot Asquith came as an Oriental snake charmer, the Countess of Westmorland as Hebe wore a stuffed eagle on her shoulder and the American hostess, Mrs Ronalds, representing Euterpe, the Muse of Music, had electric lights woven into her hair. These wonderful photographs are accompanied by a lively history of the event, plus pictures of the venue, Devonshire House.
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