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Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand

- October 9, 2019 in Alphonse de Lamartine, chateaubriand, France, François-René de Chateaubriand, Madame Récamier, Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe, Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, Victor Hugo

While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.

The Beast of Gévaudan (1764–1767)

- June 19, 2019 in Beast of Gévaudan, France, François Antoine, Panic, wolf, Wolf of Chazes, wolves

Illustrations of a mysterious and terrifying animal that terrorised a small region of France in the 1760s.

The Beast of Gévaudan (1764–1767)

- June 19, 2019 in Beast of Gévaudan, France, François Antoine, Panic, Wolf of Chazes, wolves

Illustrations of a mysterious and terrifying animal that terrorised a small region of France in the 1760s.

Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

The Little Book of Love

- February 14, 2014 in France, heart, love, love poetry, poetry, rennaisance, valentine

A Valentine's gift to top all Valentine's gifts - the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud.