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Vive la FranceFrench Week

French Week, the annual celebration of France and all things French taking place between the 16th and 23rd January 2005, is going to be the biggest and best yet! For those with a love of France and all things French, Vive La France, the only travel, lifestyle and property show dedicated to France in the UK, is at Londonís Olympia, Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd January 2005.

Here at Abebooks we have a great selection of new and rare books on France. You are sure to find something completely unique and different, whether you are a passionate foodie or an intrepid explorer or just a lifestyle convert.

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New Books About France

More France Please, We're British!More France Please, We're British!
Helena Frith Powell

Are you ready for the ultimate French lesson? Forget Avoir and Etre - what do you do when the electric company turns off the power? When the well dries up and you find yourself washing in Perrier water? When the nanny drives the car over the side of a cliff? And when a semi-feral dog bites off the nose of a guest? More France Please, We're British! is a sparkling insiders' guide to the secrets of making a new life in France by Helena Frith Powell, writer of the French Mistress column in The Sunday Times.

Copies From: £6.00 - £18.06


Cooking & Travelling in South-West FranceCooking & Travelling in South-West France
Stephanie Alexander

Travel with Australia's most renowned food writer, Stephanie Alexander, to the south-west of France and discover the food, wine, history and culture of the region. Illustrated with magnificent photographs by Simon Griffiths, the book takes you deep into the Dordogne and the Lot, exploring underground caves and the food markets and discovering the land of black truffles, foi gras and confits, prunes, mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts.

Copies From: £16.00 - £24.67


AA Road Atlas France 2005AA Road Atlas France 2005
Stephanie Alexander

This excellent road atlas of France is easy to use with a scale of 3.9 miles to 1 inch in the popular A4 spiral format. Includes information on distances and journey times, map symbols, route planning, key to map pages and a Department map.

Copies From: £8.72 - £18.66


Paintings in the Museť D'orsayPaintings In The Musee D'orsay
Serge Lemoine

In this deluxe volume, the museum's director, Serge Lemoine, and his team of curators and specialists examine this extraordinary collection, ranging from the primacy of Academic painting through the shock of Impressionism to the rise of modern art. With 830 full-colour illustrations of masterpieces by some of the world's best-loved artists - from Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles to Cezanne's Apples and Oranges - this is the definitive guide to paintings in one of the world's most popular museums.

Copies From: £37.50 - £99.00


A Year in ProvenceA Year in Provence
Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only image doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious 200-year-old farmhouse in the Luberon and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomique delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthly pleasures of provencal life are conjured up in this portrait.

Copies From: £1.00 - £375.00



Rare & Collectible Books on France

The Rivers of FranceThe Rivers of France From Drawings J.M.W. Turner
J.M.W. Turner

1837. Half Leather. Very Good. Large 8vo. This is a nice example of the first edition of this work with 61 engraved Turner plates (J.M.W. Turner, arguably England's greatest artist) it's in a handsome 19th. century half-leather binding (possibly near contemporary) green leather, gilt tooled spine, marbled boards and matching (though with colour freasher) endpapers, all edges gilt, text in English one side / French the other side, it's a nice tight copy, the leather has only a little light rubbing , there is some foxing as can be expected though only a few plates and text pages are very noticeably affected, it's basically quite a decent copy.

Copies From: £175.00 - £200.00


The Idler in FranceThe Idler in France
The Countess of Blessington

The journals of the Author's two eventful years in France. Bound in green half leather with marbled boards and a decorated spine. Leather rubbed and infill of spine lettering of title gone although title can still be read from indentation. Prelims foxed and light spotting to the contents in places.A firm copy with contents in nice condition.

Copies From: £10.00 - £212.86


This History of FranceThe History of France
Nathaniel William Wraxall

The History of France Under the Kings of the Race of Valois from Charles the Fifth in 1364 to the Death of Charles IX in 1574 by Nathaniel William Wraxall. 3rd edition. London, J.Mawman, 1807. Complete in 2 volumes. Bound in contemporary half calf with marbled paper sides. Professionally rebacked with spines attractively re-tooled in a contemporary style. Moderate foxing to first and last few pages of both volumes. Otherwise a clean set in good condition .

Copies From: £10.00 - £372.51


La Peinture Decorative en FranceLa Peinture Decorative en France du XIeme au XVIeme Siecle
P. Gelis-Didot & H. Lafillee

This magnificently produced work serves both as a scholarly work recording the pictures and imagery in churches and as a pattern book for designers presenting as it does a great wealth of geometrical and flower-based patterns drawn from these early examples. The work comprises an introduction and 60 chromolithographed plates, each with a page or two of descriptive text.

This Edition: £210.00


Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine
Alexandre Dumas

In his lifetime Dumas was famous for his dinner parties and his cooking. This work, published posthumously, includes among its entries on ingredients and techniques many recipes from famous French chefs of the past, like Carême, or from Parisian and provincial restaurants of Dumas' day.

Copies From: £6.00 - £1,706.25