BERESFORD, The Right Hon. Seton R. MONTE-CARLO. Historical, Anecdotal, Analytical, Informative. Nice, J. Beresford, Publishers,~i~ 1926.
8vo. Original printed wrappers; pp. 427; light fraying to wrappers, evenly browned as usual, due to paper stock.
Scarce first edition. 'As a consequence of a bankruptcy petition being presented to the High Court, and after leaving England to avoid the ignominy of having to attend a public examination of his debts and circumstances (he'd had to do that over twenty years earlier), the Honourable "Bobbie" Beresford needed to do something to earn a bob or two; this book, which he published privately in 1926, would appear to be just that. I doubt that it was his only source of income though, and suspect that he received a regular allowance from his brother, the 5th Baron Decies, to keep himself in at least a degree of the style he was accustomed to whilst abroad; possibly with the condition attached that he didn't return home and embarrass the family further' (UK 21's - Degenerate Gemblers Page, online). There is much information on gampling and living the life in and around Monte Carlo, yachting and tennis, as well as descriptions of hotels and restaurants.