Books About Vence: 1869 to 1949

At first I was surprised to run across so many books (both old and new) about Vence. After all, it’s not really that big of a town (about 18,000 currently) and while we do get a fair amount of tourists, it’s not a big tourist destination compared to places like Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and other places along the Côte d’Azur. But, the more I thought about it the less surprised I was. Vence is a special place and people have recognized that for a long time. It has such a rich history and the people who live here love this town dearly. It only makes sense that many of them would write about it.

Books about Vence go back hundreds of years. Of course, the older they are the more expensive and harder they are to find. I keep a constant eye out at bookstores, markets and other places that sell books and I’ve been able to find quite a few cool items over the last couple of years. I hope you enjoy looking at the wide range of books I’ve collected. If you have any questions about any of them, or would like more information, just drop me an email at

Steve and Carole In Vence - Inscriptions Romaine de Vence by J.R. Bourguignat

Inscriptions Romaines de Vence

J.R. Bourguignat

1869 / French


66 pages / Digital

A well-known book from the 1800s that takes a deep look into all the Roman artifacts that can be found in Vence. I found a copy (of a copy) of this in the local library and scanned and digitized it. Actual printed copies are very rare (and expensive).

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence



1914 / French


62 pages / 20cm x 13cm

An early guidebook to Vence published just before World War I. The author is listed only as J.D. and it says that all profits from the book will go to the Church of Vence. Subjects covered include the church, monuments, Saints, Bishops, Priests, treasures, relics and chapels. No pictures or drawings. You can download this book in PDF format, in French or English.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence - Cité des Fleurs

Vence – La Cité des Fleurs

no author listed

1924 / French


96 pages / 16cm x 10cm

What a cool find! I picked this up at the weekly Wednesday antique market here in Vence. A little guide book from the 1920s that has everything. Almost 100 pages of information and photos provide a very comprehensive view of Vence 100 years ago.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Maintenance Ligurienne de Vence

Maintenance Ligurienne de Vence

no author listed

1927 / French


24 pages / 22cm x 13cm

Records from 1926 and 1927 of a Vence organization called “Maintenace Ligurienne,” formed in 1924 and devoted to studying and preserving the language, traditions and origins of Provence.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence Et Ses Monuments

Vence Et Ses Monuments

by Jacques Daurelle

1934 / French


226 pages / 30cm x 21cm

A big book devoted to the “monuments” of Vence. The fountains, the ramparts, the portes, the Cathedral, the castles, the places, the chapels and much, much more. Lots of history, maps, illustrations and photos. Very thorough and comprehensive. A limited edition of which I have #00319.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence


no author listed

1937 (?) / French


88 pages / 21cm x 14cm

A wonderful, thorough guidebook to Vence with lots and lots of information. Lots of black and white photos and some maps as well. Published by the Syndicate d’Initiative de Vence (the old Tourist Office).

Steve and Carole in Vence - Immortal Village by Donald Culross Peattie

Immortal Village

by Donald Culross Peattie

1945 / English


201 pages / 29cm x 14cm

The most comprehensive history of Vence written in English. It’s usually fairly easy to find online. Written in the 1920s it’s a fascinating look into Vence’s past, going all the way back to pre-history. You can also download a copy from this website.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Etude sur les sols de la Région Vençoise

Etude sur les Sols de la Région Vençoise

no author listed

1947 / French


24 pages pages / 22cm x 14cm

A small booklet with information about the soils of the Vence region and advice for farmers. Published by the city of Vence with an introduction by the Deputy Mayor at the time, Emile Hugues.

Steve and Carole in Vence