HISTOIRE DE PARIS ET DES PARISIENS - SIGNED by ROBERT LAFFONT with LONG HANDWRITTEN POEM and INSCRIPTION by a French Woman (HISTORY of PARIS and the PARISIANS)
HISTOIRE DE PARIS ET DES PARISIENS. "Il a été réalisé sous la direction générale de ROBERT LAFFONT. (Created under the Direction of Robert Laffont.)
SIGNED on the half title page by ROBERT LAFFONT, the noted French publisher and editor. ALSO on the half title page, in a DIFFERENT HAND, is a LONG HANDWRITTEN POEM in FRENCH about PARIS, an inscription with the date "Paques 1958" (Easter 1958), and an inscription in English "With my best love to both". The long poem and inscription is signed "Marie Anne (??)". I wish I could make out the full name so I could research the inscriber, but I cannot. Maybe you can!! There is a lovely biblio bookplate on the verso of the half title page that states: "From the Library of Dorothy and Gordon Miller", possibly the two whom Marie Anne gave her love to.
Published by Editions Du Pont Royal, Paris, 1957.
Hardcover Book, no dustjacket as issued, 9.5x12 inches, 276 pages plus 15 page appendix and index at the rear.
FAIR condition: The front spine fold is split but holding, the spine covering is sunned and tearing but present, the cover corners are bumped and worn through, nonetheless the covers are doing their job and the front and rear panels are bright and clean; internally, the front spine fold is cracked, the text block is a bit shaky, otherwise the inner pages are tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid, complete copy with worn covers.
The SIGNATURE of ROBERT LAFFONT and the Long HANDWRITTEN POEM about PARIS by a French Woman makes this copy UNIQUE.
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