VG. Blue & color illus. wraps, French flaps, 312 pp., BW illus., separate and large fold-out family tree. An in-depth biography of Mariga Guinness (1922-1989). "Architectural preservationist, wit, hostess, aesthete, wherever she lived she created around herself a stimulating world. Born of a German father and a Scottish mother she was a princess by birth, and a great-grandniece of the Empress Elisabeth. At Oxford hse met and married the Hon. Desmond Guinness. They bought Leislip Castle and settled in Ireland....In this sparkling collection of reminiscences, anecdote follows upon anecdote, revealing a memorable character of a formidable intelligence masked by a shell of whimsical affectation; of innocence and sophistication; of enormous energy and enthusiasm. As an artist she brought sureness of touch to her interiors, with flair, knowledge and a daring which caused her to be called the finest decorator of her time." (flap).
Good. 0951647253 312 pages. Index. Black and white photos. Colour frontis photo of subject. "Mariga Guiness was a remarkable woman. Architectural preservationist, wit, hostess, aesthete, wherever she lived she created around herself a stimulating world."-from front flap. Small sticker removal mark atop half-title page. Unmarked with light wear. A quality copy.
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