Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's slate cloth, spine gilt, spine and upper board stamped lavender, original pictorial dust jacket.
"The great business at hand was pleasure, conducted by a people who knew the seriousness of that business." Actress and writer (most famously of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay) Skinner's fanciful portrait of 1890s Paris, its salonistes, dandies, boulevardiers and cocottes. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white reproductions of historic photos and portraits; with a bibliography. Light shelfwear to lower edges of boards, unclipped dust jacket with some rubbing and shallow chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, small closed tear to top edge of rear panel. Very good. Item #46