by Lemestre, Marthe ("Martoune"); compiled by Antoine Giovanni & Michel Trécourt (trans. by Gale Strom)
New York: Ballantine Books. Very Good+. 1975. 1st printing thus. Softcover. 0-345-24636-5 . [solid copy, light edgewear, faint browning to page edges, bookstore stamp inside front cover]. Mass Market PB "The roaring twenties, the raging thirties -- the intimate memoirs of the celebrated Parisian Madam who catered to the world's most famous clientele. She was the toast of the twenties from New York to Hollywood with a fabulous speakeasy that offered delights beond gin to the glittering elite from Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks to Valentino and Al Capone. She was the rage of Paris in the thirties, where her extravagantly posh brothel provided infinite entertainments for ambassadors and socialites, millionaires and artists, allies and enemies." (Also mentioned in the cover blurb are Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.) First published in France in 1974; this edition, the only U.S. printing as far as I know, is rather hard to find. . (Inventory #: 12980)
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