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About the Author

Alain Stella is a traveler and writer. He has published numerous books with Flammarion including The Book of Coffee (1997), The Book of Tea (1992/2005), The Little Book of Coffee (2001), French Tea: Mariage Frères—Three Centuries of Savoir-Faire (2009), Distinctive Vintages (2008), and The Book of Spices (2000).

Francis Hammond’s
photographs have been published in French Tea: Mariage Frères and Elegant Entertaining (2009). He regularly works in the fashion and advertising industries, contributes to international magazines, and divides his time between New York and Paris.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301489
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301482
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.8 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By James B. Mckinney on January 26, 2011
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Perhaps one of the most lavish and beautiful books yet published on French architecture, interiors, gardens and history of truly some of the greatest hotels in Paris and all in color! Worth all of the asking price. It's a very heavy book and weights and fills one's lap for sure. It offers hours and hours of unlimited enjoyment as one returns over and over to peruse the beauty so magnificently photographed. The written portions regarding each residence are extremely well written and most informative giving the reader as much information as one would normally desire. It's a glorious book that will be a keeper for sure for all those interested in French architecture, interiors, gardens and furnishings.

James McKinney in Wichita, Kansas
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By PVLO Jane on January 14, 2011
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Beautiful photographs that capture the detail as well as the stunning overall impact of the magnificent public rooms in the amazing residences. An important and wonderful addition to any personal library, worth twice the price!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Squirllvr on October 15, 2011
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One of the most beautiful book I ever seen! Superb quality and tasteful pictures! Each house has a unique history of its own, and being Paris, it's not surprising that some of the persona who had grace these houses in the past left a mark in human history, such as Chopin, Wellington, and Bonaparte. The notes on each house are scholarly done and only adds to the worthiness of this priceless book. A great addition to the library of anyone who is interested in the historical French architecture and decoration.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "Narcissus de la Pena" on December 1, 2010
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I am amazed at this book. Absolutely wonderful photographs of historic homes of Ambassadors residing in Paris. Buy it folks, you wouldn't be sorry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ld on June 4, 2012
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Beautiful coffee table book. Pictures do justice to the lovely surroundings...makes you want to walk the streets of France and see them in person.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SLC on November 25, 2011
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This book is now one of my favorites. There are many full color pictures of homes in Paris. It is very intersting to see inside of these homes. This shows a side of Paris you don't see when you are on a tour in Paris.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 7, 2013
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This book is truly stunning. I received it as a gift, one book among many, and this is the one that I have spent hours (ok, weeks) pouring over. The information about each of these residences is fascinating and the photos are glorious. I rank it as one of my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm70 on February 1, 2013
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Historic Houses of Paris arrived today in a large box.
It was well packaged and protected. The book itself is
really oversized and heavy. That is already one star.

The four stars come from the presentation and contents
of the book. For the first time, the beautiful Hôtels
(Stately Houses) of Paris occupied by the different
Embassies are presented in colour. The rich interiours
and the objet d'arts are captured in clear vivid photographs.
However, I am disappointed that the hideous modern Embassy
of Australia was included in this book. In my opinion, it
has no place on this work because of contemporary designs.
Several residences are worth including in Historic Houses
but definitely not that of Commonwealth of Australia. It
is not even historic built only in 1972.Hence I have to
remove one star.

Historic Houses of Paris is another jewel in my collection
of Coffee Table Books. Prospective buyers would not regret
they purchase it. Not to mention, the super service of
Amazon!

P.S

During my first visit in the City of Lights, I saw an eye
sore edifice amidst the serene beatiful buildings of Paris:
I only realized when I read this book that it was the Australian
Embassy. I wonder why the French Government allowed such hideous
building to be built?
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