TREFUSIS, Violet-- Visitors Book kept by Violet Trefusis at La Tour de St. Loup, 1945-1955, containing the signatures of many of the members of her circle of friends including Victoria Sackville-West, Duff Cooper, Lady Diana Cooper, the Duchess of Windsor, Nancy Rodd (i.e. Nancy Mitford), Phillipe Jullian, Elsa Schiaparelli, Cyril Connolly, Francis Poulenc, Gaston Palewski, and other writers, diplomats, politicians and members of the English and French aristocracy, appoximately 75 pages of signatures, a few sketches and printed items, in a Visitors Book, 4°, original vellum gilt. And a pencil drawing of Saint Loup, by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, inscribed and dated in pencil lower right Saint Loup de Naud A. Vidal-Quadras '72, (362 x 269mm.), in mount.
St. Loup de Naud, a mediaeval towerhouse some eighty kilometres from Paris, was acquired by Violet Trefusis in 1927. The garden was created by Denis Trefusis before his death in 1929. Forced to abandon it when the Germans occupied France, Violet returned there at the end of the war. The signatures in her Visitors Book recall her famous hospitality there, her wit and accomplishments, and gift for friendship. The view of St. Loup is by a post-war society portrait painter of members of the European aristocracy and many prominent Americans. (2)