Very Good / Good. Item #6525
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1954. First Edition. Octavo; 255pp. Three color reproductions; line-drawing chapter tailpieces by Christian Bérard; 25 B&W photographs. Fuchsia jacket. Black boards with fuchsia lettering front panel and spine.
Unclipped dust jacket lacking chips at crown and foot of spine and spine folds; creases and tears elsewhere and evidence of previous tape repairs, now all stabilized in mylar. Binding clean; front joint slightly shaken; textblock evenly, mildly tanned with age but unmarred and unmarked.
Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel's great rival, published these memoirs as her fashion house was fading after World War II but her own self-image was not. "In these pages, written by herself in her own characteristic English—a language which she has mastered as vividly as she has grafted the essence of French sophistication on her stern Italian culture—she tells her life story . . . ." Among her modest verbalizations: "Even though poverty-stricken I wouldn't take a fortune for my Picasso." Se lo dici tu.