STEVE AND CAROLE IN VENCE

Books About Vence

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@steveandcaroleinvence.com.

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

Inscriptions Romaines de Vence

J.R. Bourguignat

1869 / French

PDF

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

Vence

J.D.

1914 / French

Paperpack

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.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence - Cité des Fleurs

Vence – La Cité des Fleurs

no author listed

1924 / French

Paperback

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

Paperback

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

Paperback

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

Vence

no author listed

1937 (?) / French

Paperback

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

Hardback

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

Paperback

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 - Vence by André Siegfried & Vincent Robert

Vence

by André Siegfried & Vincent Robert

1952 / French

Paperback

76 pages / 24cm x 19cm

A very interesting book with a 15 page introduction about Vence and then lots of photographs from the early 1950s. It’s a limited edition (I have #6, though it’s unclear what the total was) printed on special paper. My copy is signed by the author who wrote the introduction.

Steve and Carole in Vence - France - Vence - Côte d'Azur

Vence – France – Côte d’Azur

no author listed

1953 (?) / French

Paperback

36 pages / 16cm x 11cm

I suspect this little book dates from the early 1950s because it lists the Chapelle du Rosaire (which was finished in 1951). A wonderful little guide to Vence with sites, hikes, hotels, restaurants, and more.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Histoire et Légendes de Vence

Histoire et Légendes de Vence

by Marie-Marcelle

1954 / French & English

Paperback

16 pages / 18cm x 14cm

This booklet (with both French and English sections) recounts a bit of the history of Vence, including stories about Saint Veran, Charlemagne, Queen Jeanne and Bishop Godeau. It’s pretty short, but includes a cool fold-out map of the town.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence - Une Commune Un Évêché

Vence – Une Commune, Un Évêché

Raymond Bessan

1954 / French

Paperback

184 pages / 19cm x 14cm

A book dedicated to an in-depth history of the Catholic religion in Vence when it was a bishopric (a district under a bishop’s control). Covering the periods from 374 to the late 1700s.

Steve and Carole in Vence - 1er Festival International de Pétanque

1er Festival International de Pétanque

no author listed

1959 / French

Paperback

12 pages / 24cm x 16cm

A program for the First International Festival of Pêtanque held in Vence in 1959. Information about the rules, schedules of play, prizes and more for the festival. You can also download a copy from this website.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Terre de Provence - Vence - St-Paul-de-Vence by Louise Michel

Terre de Provence – Vence – St-Paul-de-Vence

by Louise Michel

1964 / French

Paperback

110 pages / 19cm x 14cm

A nice book with stories, histories, legends, festivals, landmarks and more about Vence and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Some interesting black and white photographs from the 1960s

Steve and Carole in Vence - Dans la Fontaine du Peyra by Cecile Cantot

Dans la Fontaine du Peyra

by Cecile Cantot

1969 / French

Paperback

83 pages / 21cm x 15cm

A book of legends, stories, myths and more from in and around Vence. Several nice watercolor paintings included. A limited, numbered edition of which this is #1148.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Histoire de Vence

Histoire de Vence

by Marie-Marcelle

1969 / French & English

Paperback

40 pages / 19cm x 14cm

This is a reprint of the same booklet from 1954 (they changed the title slightly). It has the exact same content except it does not contain the little fold-out map of Vence. The printing is much bigger, so it’s over twice the number of pages as the earlier version.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence et la Chapelle du Rosaire by René Percheron

Vence et la Chapelle du Rosaire

by René Percheron

1974 / French

Paperback

81 pages / 18cm x 12cm

An interesting little book about half of which is dedicated to the history of Vence and half to the Chapelle du Rosaire (the Matisse Chapel). Lots of cool black and white photographs from the 60s and 70s.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Calvaire de Vence

Calvaire de Vence

François Cali

1976 / French

Paperback

64 pages / 24cm x 18cm

This book covers the Chapelles du Calvaire, with an emphasis on the polychrome wooden statues that were originally part of it. It’s subtitled Fragments d’une Passion Selon le Calvaire de Vence. Lots of photos. Numbered edition, I have #1069.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Les Stalles de la Cathedrale de Vence

Les Stalles de la Cathédrale de Vence

René Percheron and Ary Sadoul

1978 / French

Paperback

68 pages / 21cm x 15cm

A book dedicated exclusively to the 15 century carved wooden stalls found in the Vence Cathedral. Created by Jacques Bellot they showcase the fine woodworking that existed in Provence during this time. Lots of detailed black and white photos.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence Cité des Arts

Vence – Cité des Arts

no author listed

1980 (?) / French

Paperback

34 pages / 21cm x 10cm

An interesting little booklet put together by the Office du Tourisme. Some basic information about Vence with a very detailed listing of hotels, restaurants and commerces. Several fold out maps are included. There’s no date anywhere, but I suspect it is from the 70s or 80s.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Le Pays de Vence by François Cali

Le Pays de Vence

by François Cali

1981 / French

Paperback

154 pages / 24cm x 16cm

A modern history of Vence and the surrounding villages, written by someone who lives in the area, devoted mostly to the last 200 years. Some black and white photos and lots of details and statistics.

Steve and Carole in Vence - 40 Sentiers au Pays Vençois

40 Sentiers Au Pays Vençois

Jean Bégel

1985 / French

Paperback

62 pages / 20cm x 14cm

A nice little book outlining 40 different hikes in and around Vence. The hikes are broken down into six categories: leaving from Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Saint-Jeannet, the Côte d’Azur, the Col de Vence and Coursegoules.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Les Archives de Vence

Les Archives de Vence

Georges Castellan

1987 / French

Paperback

64 pages / 21cm x 15cm

A book by noted Vence historian Georges Castellan covering the archives of Vence, including communal, religious and personal. A preface by the then mayor, Bernard Demichelis.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence La Chretienne

Vence – La Chretienne

no author listed

1988 / French

Paperback

12 pages / 21cm x 21cm

A guide to the Cathedral with a full history and a detailed information for a walk-through visit. Some nice black and white photographs and a floor plan round out this this little booklet. Created for the 16th centenary celebrations of Christians in Vence.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence – Cité Médiévale

Vence – Cité Médiévale

no author listed

1990 / French

Paperback

32 pages / 22cm x 13cm

A small guidebook to Vence devoted mostly to the old town. Information on 23 specific sites to see. It also includes info on 10 other sites to see (mostly chapels) in and around Vence. A little bit of history, a nice map and some photos.

Steve and Carole in Vence - l’Ancienne Cathédral de Vence by J.-M. Bartholi

l’Ancienne Cathédral de Vence

by J.-M. Bartholi

1992 / French

Paperback

40 pages / 22cm x 14cm

A short, but thorough, examination of the Cathedral in Vence (the smallest Cathedral in France). Lots of useful information and color photographs. You can read my article about this cathedral here on the website.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Histoire de Vence et du Pays Vençois

Histoire de Vence et du Pays Vençois

by Georges Castellan and others

1992 / French

Paperback

284 pages / 24cm x 17cm

The most in-depth, complete, comprehensive history of Vence from pre-history times to the 1990s. Six authors (overseen by Georges Castellan) tackle certain periods in the history of the city. Tons of research went into writing this book and it is surely the definitive history book on the town.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence et le Pays Vençois

Vence et le Pays Vençois

no author listed

1995 (?) / French & English

Paperback

29 pages / 22cm x 14cm

Another guide book to Vence with quite a bit of information about the town, the history, old town, the Cathedral and the chapels. Also includes info about nearby perched villages, regional products, nearby hikes and more. It’s one of the few guidebooks that is also in English.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Chapelle du Rosaire by Henri Matisse

Chapelle du Rosaire

by Henri Matisse

1996 / English

Paperback

64 pages / 25cm x 18cm

An excellent guide to the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence, the chapel designed and decorated by Henri Matisse. Lots of photos and some of Matisse’s drawings as well. The introduction is by Matisse. Read more about the chapel on this website.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Pages de l'Histoire de Vence - La Periode du Consulat

Pages de l’Histoire de Vence – La Periode du Consulat (1799-1804)

Georges Castellan

1997 / French

Paperback

72 pages / 23cm x 15cm

An in-depth study of Vence for five years at the turn of the 19th century by noted Vence historian Georges Castellan. Derived from research through the Vence archives.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Promenades à Vence

Promenades à Vence

no author listed

2000 (?) / French

Paperback

20 pages / 21cm x 10cm

A small booklet released by the City of Vence and the Tourist Office containing eleven short walks in and around the Vence area. Eight are related to the Vence chapels, four are related to water and fountains and the last one is a circuit of trees that grow in the area.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence – Parcourue Pour Vous by Daniel Petite

Vence – Parcourue Pour Vous

by Daniel Petite

2001 / French

Paperback

240 pages / 24cm x 16cm

A fairly recent in-depth look at Vence covering everything from the Cathedral to the old town to the baous to the Matisse Chapel and more. Information about famous writers and painters who have lived in Vence and some color photos.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence, Bruits de Persiennes - Le Chemin du Peintre

Vence, Bruits de Persiennes

Jean Le Gac

2003 / French

Paperback

48 pages / 24cm x 28cm

A “coffee table” book to accompany an art exhibit at the Fondation Emile Hugues (now the Vence Museum) in 2003 by Jean Le Gac called “Vence, bruits de persiennes.” Lots of color photographs and explanations.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Le Calvaire de Vence

Le Calvaire de Vence

Jean-Loup Fontana, Albert Hauttefeuille, Michel Graniou

2003 / French

PDF (Paperback)

28 pages / 15cm x 15cm

A small booklet dedicated to the statues of the Calvaire chapels, which now reside in the Vence Cathedral. There’s a short introduction and history, but most of the pages are devoted to photographs of the statues.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Deux Touristes à Vence

Deux Touristes à Vence

Anne Verots-Guilbaud & Abbé Tisserand

2009 / French

Paperback

164 pages / 32cm x 24cm

An oversized “coffee table” book divided into two parts. The first is a reissue of a book from 1855 called “A Tourist In Vence.” In the second part is a visual journey through Vence in the early 1900s by way of old postcards.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Mémoire en Images

Vence – Mémorie en Images

Raymond Ardisson & Nelly Orengo

2010 / French

Paperback

128 pages / 24cm x 17cm

A book of “memories” divided into 9 chapters such as “The Heritage of the City,” “The Queens ad Festivals,” “Sports,” “Econonmy,” “The Old Town” and more. Lots and lots of black and white photos with a small description of each one.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Sainte Anne - Vence

Saint Anne – Vence

no author listed

2011 / French

Paperback

48 pages / 26cm x 18cm

A very nice book dedicated to one of the most important chapels in Vence. Lots of information about the history and the restoration which took place in 1992. Nice color photographs.

Vence - Mémoire en Images - Tome II

Vence – Mémorie en Images – Tome II

Nelly Orengo & Raymond Ardisson

2012 / French

Paperback

128 pages / 23cm x 16cm

A second volume to the Mémorie en Images series. This one is divided into 5 chapters: “Living Environment and Families,” “The Difficult Years,” “Active Life,” “Young People Through the Ages” and “Festivals & Leisure Activities.” Lots and lots of black and white photos with a small description for each one.

Steve and Carole In Vence - L’Enfant de Vence by Angie Lollia & Axel Graisely

L’Enfant de Vence

by Angie Lollia & Axel Graisely

2014 / French

Paperback

160 pages / 24cm x 17cm

An unusual book that tackles the long history of France from the perspective of a young child born in 1362 who is magically transported to modern day Vence. One way to make history more interesting to some readers.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Étoiles 2014

Étoiles 2014

no author listed

2014 / French

Hardback

68 pages / 22cm x 22cm

Every year Vence holds a big music festival called les Nuits du Sud (Nights of the South). Performers come from around the world and it lasts for multiple weekends throughout July and August. In 2014 a book was put together with information about all the artists performing and paintings from local artists.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Les Colonnes Marseillaises de Vence by Jean-Louis Boutin

Les Colonnes Marseillaises de Vence

by Jean-Louis Boutin

2014 / French

PDF

70 pages / Digital

A recent publication that takes a very in-depth look at the two Roman columns that can be seen in Vence. An exhaustive account of everything we know (and think we know) about them. It’s very hard to find, being self-published (as near as I can tell). I found a copy at the local library and scanned it.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Vence des Sources et des Fontaines by Christine Colonna-Cesari

Vence des Sources et des Fontaines

by Christine Colonna-Cesari

2016 / French

PDF

40 pages / Digital

A curious book that mixes history and fantasy about the fountains found in the old town of Vence with the famous painters Matisse and Chagall. A modern day fairytale that is quite unique.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Matisse et Vence

Matisse et Vence – L’émotion Pure

Jacques Binsztok

2016 / French

Hardback

64 pages / 23cm x 19cm

A beautiful souvenir book dedicated to the collection of Matisse materials owned by the city of Vence. Lots of nice photos and information as well as a comprehensive bibliography.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Guide Touristique

Guide Touristique

no author listed

2017 / French & English

Paperback

54 pages / 20cm x 20cm

A tourist guide to Vence published by the Office de Tourisme. In English and French it provides a lot of basic information about the town including places to eat and stay.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vence Guide du Partenaire

Guide du Partenaire

no author listed

2017 / French

PDF

11 pages / 30cm x 21cm

A guide for businesses who would like to partner with the Vence Office de Tourisme. Includes information about their Facebook and Twitter accounts, newsletters, website and publications.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Le Guide des Projets Éco-Citoyens

Le Guide des Projets Éco-Citoyens

no author listed

2018 / French

Paperback

54 pages / 21cm x 15cm

Lots and lots of information about things we can all do to become more ecologically aware and help save the planet. Information on water, air, housing, transportation, gardening and more.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Biodiversité de Vence

Biodiversité de Vence

no author listed

2019 / French

Paperback

42 pages / 21cm x 21cm

Fantastic little book all about the flora and fauna of Vence and the surrounding areas. Lots of gorgeous color photos and information about all kinds of animals and plants. I think these were given away free at some point.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Guide des Associations

Guide des Associations

no author listed

2020 / French

Paperback

43 pages / 21cm x 14cm

A guide to the many different associations based in Vence, grouped by categories such as “Economy,” “Nature,” “Culture,” “Education,” “Sports” and more. It’s amazing how much Vence has to offer its inhabitants.

Steve and Carole In Vence - Célébration Matisse

Célébration Matisse

no author listed

2021 / French

Paperback

30 pages / 17cm x 11cm

Small booklet from the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Matisse Chapel (Chapelle du Rosarie) in Vence. Information about the chapel and various exhibits and events.

Steve and Carole in Vence - Guide Citoyen

Vence – Guide Citoyen

no author listed

2021 / French

Paperback

20 pages / 21cm x 15cm

The full title of this little book, “Vence – Citizen’s Guide: Living Well Together in Vence,” tells you everything you need to know. A guidebook to being a responsible citizen, getting along with your neighbors, etc. It deals with everything from noise pollution to respecting the environment to taking care of your pets.

Steve and Carole in Vence