Paris: Goupil (1913). 247pp.
Montesquiou's lavish hommage to the Comtesse de Castiglione, with whom he maintained a lifelong fascination. Castiglione, the flamboyant Italian courtesan who was mistress to Emperor Napoleon III of France, was the most photographed woman of her age and the subject of much controversy for her role as an agent in several court intrigues. It is reported that she only appeared at night in her declining years, spending her days inside her Place Vendôme apartment, from which all mirrors were banned.
One of 25 special copies on Japon (VI), original wrappers present, bound in a full morocco binding by Durvand, top edge gilt, raised bands, gilt design on cover, watered silk endpapers, slipcased.. A beautiful copy, light wear to edges.