To the One I Love Best, Episodes from the Life of Lady Mendl

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Bemelmans, Ludwig. To the One I Love Best, Episodes from the Life of Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe). First English Edition, Second Printing. 1955. Book and dust jacket are both in good plus condition—book shows minor foxing, and jacket shows some chipping, particularly to spine ends (a facsimile underlay has been added to conceal chipping).

In this affectionate memoir, Bemelmans recalls his impressionable years, as an acolyte of Elsie de Wolfe during her Beverly Hills exile (she fled her beloved Villa Trianon during the Nazi occupation of France). Filled with a succession of bon mots from the world famous decorator, this book recounts her Los Angeles adventures, including how even at the advanced age of eighty (or perhaps ninety, Elsie never told anyone her true age), she conquered Hollywood. In the last few years, supplies of this book have dwindled. It is now officially uncommon.

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