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World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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Francisca Matteoli is an internationally published and award-winning travel writer, contributing to Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic, among others. Chilean, with a Scottish mother, she resides in Paris. Her books have been published in more than ten countries and translated in several languages worldwide. She is also the creator of the popular blog www.franciscamatteoli.com/blog.
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considered to be a sign of a well-traveled personage. The thought of slapping luggage stickers on the side of beyond-luxurious Vuitton trunks seems fool-hearty....and yet the Vuitton family themselves were enthusiastic collectors of the labels and their exalted collection is featured in this fascinating and beautiful book. Published by Abrams, this book has lots of "extra effort" touches that I think would have pleased The Collector himself. An embossed handsome cover, printed fore edges (nice touch!), astute page design, beautiful reproductions of labels, and tip-ins of vintage postcards. The text is well-written, insightful, and provides more-than-a-glimpse into the world of rarefied travel -- and lots of atmospheric quotes and travel photos are included. Too handsome to put up on the shelf -- Keep this book out, and never doubt the power of paper.
I can't imagine anyone better suited to have put this collection together that Mr. Vuitton. Being at the height of his career during the heyday of this "Golden Era" and in an industry catering to the wealthiest of travelers it was a natural fit. It appears he solicited help from many of his friends, and I would guess hotel staff, in the expansion of his hobby. Thankfully, Francisca Matteoli has selected a number of these gems and made them available to us in this recently published book.
My first reaction when seeing this volume on Amazon's recommended list was that, given its dimensions, it seemed a bit pricey. Now that I've had a chance to examine it, "up-close and personal", I can see that the price is certainly justified. This book is very well produced. The binding is quite handsome and the paper selected is perfect for the subject matter. I am rather glad they didn't choose to publish this book in a coffee-table format. The smaller size still easily fits several labels per page and it rests much more comfortably in one's lap. (note: sandwiched in between several of the pages are beautifully reproduced vintage postcards further enhancing this books appeal)
There are hundreds of these miniature works of art on display in this 500+ page study - enough to satisfy even the most advanced enthusiast. If you have in interest in graphic arts, travel or just a fondness for early 1900s nostalgia this work is guaranteed to please. A noteworthy contribution to a field long in need of such attention