New York: Pantheon Books, 1983. 1st American Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Fine / Near Fine. Item #006404
Quarter cream cloth, tan paper boards. 301 pp. Bumping to upper corners. Dust jacket lightly bumped and worn at spine ends and edges, a few minor short tears. The Court Society is a book to be read on several levels. It is a historical book, carefully researched and with great imagination painting a vivid and detailed picture of the life of the king and his courtiers during the reign of Louis XIV. But it is concerned with more than this. From the time of the pharoahs to the downfall of kings and emperors in the twentieth century, princely court societies have played a vital role in the development of humanity. The Court Society provides the key to an understanding not only of a particular court society but of court societies in general.