London. Thames & Hudson. 2017. First edition, second printing. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 408 pages. Colour frontispiece and 68 b&w text illustrations. 240 x 160mm (9½ x 6¼"). .8kg. 9780500518663. English. Fine.
A fascinating story of three remarkable women of the twentieth century. Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim all lived, in turn, at the single-storey, "unfinished" Palazzo Venier in Venice. The palace provided for each an exquisite backdrop in which to host society and to conduct their artistic ventures. The book is laced with a supporting cast of twentieth century figures including D'Annunzio, Nijinsky, Noel Coward, Winston Churchill, Cecil Beaton, Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, Jean Cocteau, Serge Diaghilev, Man Ray and Paul Poiret.
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