Edited by Georges and Rosamond Bernier.
A Bernier Book. Reynal & Co. New York. 1963. First edition. Inscribed on the front endpaper - 'To Tony & Nicholas, Xmas 1966. David.' [David Hicks?]. Hardback; leather backed illustrated boards, matching dust jacket. 159 pages. 54 colour plates and 183 b&w illustrations. English. 315 x 245mm. 1.2kg. . Near fine, in very good dust jacket; some slight shelf wear, light ruffling to spine ends and forecorners with occasional small nick, short 1cm tear to top edge of front panel, repaired with tape to verso, small corner of front flap turned back and glued to obscure price.
A classic design book from the 1960s. The Best in European Decoration is compiled from pictures and texts featured in L'Oeil, the art review. The homes explored include Roger Vivier's Parisian apartment, David Hick's Britwell Salome, Cecil Beaton's Pelham Place townhouse, Pierre Soulages' Mediterranean villa, Gianni Agnelli's poolhouse, Leonor Fini's attic apartment, and Yves Vidal's Tangian castle, Art, antiques and taste abound. The book appears to be inscribed by David Hicks, although it is only signed 'David'. The handwriting matches other books we have handled inscribed by Hicks.