London, New York: Collier-Macmillan Limited, The Macmillan Company, 1962. Hardcover. 9" x 10". 113pp. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine; in original white pictorial dust jacket with some rubbing and mild soiling; else a near fine copy. Illustrated with color and black and white photos by Andre Martin. Translated from French by Richard Howard. Gascar beings with Francois I who ordered Chambord built in 1519 as a hunting lodge to hunt deer and boar. It was Francois I, ravaged by illness, who engraved on the windowpane the melancholy thought "Souvent fenne varie." It was Louis XIV who smashed the pane under Marie Mancini's watchful eye. Henri II completed Chambord and Charles IX one day ran down a stag, alone without dogs or huntsmen. It is in the woods of Chambord that Hibaud, Conte de Blois, rides at night--a black ghost leading a ghost pack of hounds. Item #6842

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