“WHAT IS THE WEST?”: MONUMENTAL AND RICHLY ILLUSTRATED FOUR-VOLUME HISTORY OF EUROPE AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION
(EUROPE) GREGOIRE, Herman. Le Livre de l’Occident. Geneva: Editions Kister, 1965. Four volumes. Quarto, original publisher’s close-grained morocco gilt, top edges gilt. Each volume in original leather-edged slipcase. $650.
Limited first edition of this engaging and richly illustrated history of Western civilization, with hundreds of in-text illustrations and mounted photographic plates in color. This is set number 931 of 2000 with an original illustration by Michel Ciry.
This history of Europe and European culture is divided into four parts: The Double Origin (referring to the strong and at times competing Judeo-Christian and Greek heritages); The Birth of Europe, The Time of Revolutions, and The Future of Europe. Includes a foreword by Paul Valéry and a preface by André Maurois. From a total edition of 2450. Text in French. Old bookseller label at rear of each volume.