By Valèrie Bejou
Hardcover, 480 pages ($40)
An enduring symbol of awe-inspiring affluence, the French palace of Versailles has for centuries represented a pinnacle of Old World wealth and power. Once the home of monarch Louis XIV, it’s been a museum for more than 170 years. This lavish photographic tour of the famed chateau’s colorful history and extravagant treasures of architecture and art is itself somewhat of a treasure: Its gilded page edges and gold-foil lettering appropriately enclose the display of glitz and glamor to be found inside.