The Wallace Collection


Versailles immortalisé par les merveilles parlantes, [...] de Versailles, de Trianon, de la Ménagerie & de Marly, en neuf tomes in quarto : composé en vers libres françois / par le sieur Jean-Baptiste de Monicart, [...] ; avec une traduction en prose latine, par le sieur Romain Le Testu, [...].

This is a beautiful 2 volume work on Versailles, written mostly in verse, and featuring engraved plates showing the statues in the gardens, the most important paintings,  and some of the interiors, such as the Galerie de Glaces. Although several more volumes were planned by the author, his death in 1722 prevented anymore being published. Considering the author composed at least part of the text while imprisoned in the Bastille, it is amazing that it was ever published at all. The bindings of both volumes are worn – and in one place on the first volume even eaten into by pests – but their former glory can still be seen in the faded gilding on the spines, in the wonderful quality of the paper, the exquisite plates and the red and black printing on the title-page. 

Adopt a book

Famous for its beautiful paintings, sculptures and furniture, the Wallace Collection has a lot more to offer to those who have an insatiable thirst for knowledge about the arts and beautiful things. 70 of our rare books, which form an invaluable part of the museum’s library, need urgent conservation treatment such as rebinding and repair.

These exquisite books are essential to the museum for the insight they give into Arms and Armour, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and History, and the support they provide for understanding and researching the museum’s collections. The boards, marbling and bindings are also testaments to the fact that these books are works of art in their own right.

Our Adopt a Book scheme, specifically created for these volumes, aims to raise £7000 to cover the cost of repairs and rebinding. By donating towards the project you play your part in safeguarding the library for the years to come:


  • A DONATION OF £30 will rebind a small volume in buckram


  • A DONATION OF £50 will purchase a protective solander box for a standard paperback size book


  • A DONATION OF £100 will repair minor paper faults and damage to a leather binding


  • A DONATION OF £150 will restore a leather binding


  • A DONATION OF £300 will help restore leather bindings on larger volumes or repair portfolios that house collections of plates


These are indications only and we welcome all donations.


Books can be adopted as a gift or as a memorial and you are welcome to choose a book from our categories to match your interests. Please get in touch to find out more. 

All funds raised are used to support the 70 titles.