New York: Coward-McCann, 1929. Single volume, measuring 8 x 5.75 inches: viii, 299, . Original periwinkle and pale green pictorial cloth, periwinkle endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dustjacket. Four black-and-white vignettes throughout text. Cloth binding lightly soiled, jacket chipped and rubbed at extremities with loss to “PARIS” at head of spine, spine panel sunned.
First edition of this informative guide to Paris for women tourists, the first collaboration between American journalists Josephy and McBride, who would go on to produce a series of light-hearted travel guides. The text is divided into four parts: “If You Go to Paris to Shop,” “If You Go to Paris to Live,” “If You Go to Paris for an Education,” and “If You Go to Paris to Have a Good Time.” The authors give a brisk tour of the city, focused more on fashion houses and popular cafés than the historic landmarks described in every other Paris guide, as well as an anthropological survey of Parisian vendeuses, concierges, and even gigolos: “The greatest expense a gigolo has is laundry. Dress shirts melt down so in the heat.” Colorful jacket design by New Yorker illustrator Helen Hokinson, featuring two women tourists poring over prints at a bouquiniste’s stall while their male companion waits impatiently. A very good copy of a delightful book, in the elusive jacket.