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Devambez is honoured to present the last remaining copies of the exclusive limited edition art book telling the story of the prestigious Parisian trunk-maker Goyard, whose shop near the Place Vendôme opened in 1792.

Just 233 copies of this exquisite book have been printed (233 rue Saint Honoré being Goyard’s historic address in Paris), and it is presented in a special Goyard trunk that serves as both showcase and binding. Referred to as the “luxury bible” in an article by Suzy Menkes in the New York Times, the book now forms part of the collections of great libraries including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin.

Devambez offers you the opportunity to choose the colour of the Goyard canvas used for your trunk, and to place a special customization order. Each purchaser is invited to make his or her named copy into a unique piece, not only by choosing the colour of the canvas but also by adding initials and personalized stripes. Copies are numbered from 1 to 233, and the edition number appears on both the book and the trunk. The Goyard book is thus an artwork in its own right, and its combination of refinement and rarity makes it into the ultimate gift.

The 233 members of this exclusive club reserved for the world’s globetrotters – collectors of contemporary art, top couturiers, world-class chefs and designers – are standard-bearers of good taste and the art of refined travel, craftsmanship and classic Parisian elegance.

The prestige art publisher Devambez has worked with leading talents since it was founded in 1826. Initially purveyor to royal families, it supplied heraldic engraving to the aristocracy, published highly covetable books, and established its own art gallery. The latter, on the boulevard Malesherbes, was a ground-breaking venture that caused much controversy in its time, showing scandalous drawings by Auguste Rodin, organizing the first ever exhibition of African and Oceanic art with an introductory text by Guillaume Apollinaire, and displaying the works of avant-garde painters and printmakers such as Braque, Dufy, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and Foujita. In 1928, fashion designer Paul Poiret commissioned Devambez to publish his iconic work PAN, Annuaire du Luxe à Paris. Today the firm retains strong links to its illustrious past, and the present book stands in a long-established noble lineage of luxury stationery-making and state-of-the-art printing.

Continuing in the tradition of prestige collections dating back to the 1920s, this highly limited and exclusive edition both embodies and celebrates the golden age of luxury travel, from horse-drawn carriages to ocean liners. This magnificent art book is printed on deckled vellum paper custom-made by Arches, the historic French papermakers. Traditional letterpress techniques have been used for the text, and the paper features its own watermark. Goyard and Devambez have together created a highly desirable object and a captivating tome, both conveying a true sense of bygone splendour.

Pierre Tzenkoff, Goyard, malletier, maison fondée en 1792, Paris, Devambez, 2010.

Book is unbound.

Copies are named on the book and numbered on the book and trunk.

Book format: 300 x 390 mm. Trunk: 340 x 440 x 160 mm

280 pages with additional supplements.

Text in French, with separate translation in English.

6,000 € plus VAT. The book is available by special order only. It is not available in bookshops.

Additional initials and stripes are at the client’s expense.

Shipping and customs duties are not included.

Please allow 4 months for completion of special orders.

Private appointments can be made at Goyard’s historic address: 233, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.