New York: Abbeville Press, 1991. First English Language Edition. Quarto (33cm x 28cm). Brown cloth boards (hardcover) with gold titling embossed on cover and spine; pictorial dustjacket; 424pp; illus. Near Fine copy; slight soiling to textblock, else clean and tight. Very Good dustwrapper; slight shelf wear; retailer's sticker on back panel. Incorporating research into the social life and symbolic language of the French palace of Versailles, achitectural historian Pérouse de Montclos traces its transformation from Louis XIII's hunting lodge into the ultimate expression of European absolutism. Photographs by Robert Polidary. Translated from the French by John Goodman. Over 400 color photographs.