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Jefferson in Paris

by habituallychic

06 . 19 . 13
I was walking by the Hermès store on Madison Avenue on Saturday when a book in the window caught my eye.  The first clue that this was not going to be a book you can order on Amazon.com should have been the fact that it was located in the window of Hermès.  Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks is the ninety-fourth Arion Press publication with forty-six gorgeous images of Paris by photographer Michael Kenna to accompany the story of Jefferson’s five years in Paris by Diana Ketcham. “Written as a guidebook, the essay leads the reader along Jefferson’s actual routes” he used to visit friends and conduct business. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything considering the cost.  A limited edition signed copy can be had for $600 or one with a signed and printed photograph from the book for $2000.  I’d be fine with the $600 copy if anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas this year. 

“Paris is everywhere enlarging and beautifying.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1784

Photos by Michael Kenna 

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  1. Dawn Lerner June 19, 2013 | 2:54 am

    truly habitually chic…great images!

  2. Fashion art and other fancies June 19, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    Paris is everywhere – adore the photographs, too.

  3. Karen Albert June 19, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Heather it sounds like an amazing book! I wish it was open to more people of taste to enjoy! Even At $600 it is a collectors item!

    Art by Karena

  4. parisbeekids.com June 19, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    What a great idea! He’s only one of many that I’d like to have a book on about their time in Paris! (so I can visit their old haunts of course… so much fun to think of walking in their footsteps).

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  5. BRASWELL June 19, 2013 | 3:56 pm

    Yes, please, I will take 1 copy. Beautiful! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  6. Hallie June 19, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    That’s wonderful and it’s great that you stopped to check it out. Thank you!