The Asmonti Chronicles.

Books, women, haberdashery and other gentlemanly interests. EST. MMXI.

The Genoese dialect as a Mediterranean language: Fabrizio de André, Crêuza de mä. Rome, February 1998.

Ian Fleming, Royal Navy intelligence officer, bon vivant, smoker, drinker, writer, passed away on the 12th of August 2014 in Canterbury, Kent, England.
Sorry I’m late.

Ian Fleming, Royal Navy intelligence officer, bon vivant, smoker, drinker, writer, passed away on the 12th of August 2014 in Canterbury, Kent, England.

Sorry I’m late.

Father said, just like Ezio Greggio in Yuppies.

Father said, just like Ezio Greggio in Yuppies.

Angelo Inganni, Veduta del Naviglio e della Chiesa di San Marco in Milano, 1835.
This is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sojourned for three months in 1770 and, 206 years later, yours truly was baptised.

Angelo Inganni, Veduta del Naviglio e della Chiesa di San Marco in Milano, 1835.
This is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sojourned for three months in 1770 and, 206 years later, yours truly was baptised.

"À partir de cet instant, je n’avais plus un seul pas à faire, le sol marchait pour moi dans ce jardin où depuis si longtemps mes actes avaient cessé d’être accompagnés d’attention volontaire: l’Habitude venait de me prendre dans ses bras et me portait jusqu’à mon lit comme un petit enfant."
Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann

Napoleone Buonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on the 15th of August 1769.
Pictured: R. Lefevre, Napoleon I in Coronation Costume, 1807.

Napoleone Buonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on the 15th of August 1769.
Pictured: R. Lefevre, Napoleon I in Coronation Costume, 1807.

Monty Python: The Australian Philosophy Department.

Not that unreal actually.

Gunter Sachs. Some of my followers might have perhaps learnt of his life and deeds from a recently circulated newsletter. Many of course know Gunter Sachs the automotive heir, the wealthy young man, the international playboy who graced with his exploits the beaches, nightclubs and bedrooms of Cannes when Cannes was Cannes. Maybe fewer of you know about Gunter Sachs the documentary filmmaker and avid art collector. This portrait was commissioned by him to Andy Warhol in 1972 and was exhibited along other pieces from the Gunter Sachs collection at Art Karlsruhe in March 2012, a few months after Sachs took his life.
Sachs knew a thing or two about art, living the life, blue shirts and, ça va sans dire, women. He was Brigitte Bardot’s husband between 1966 and 1969, and her loyal friend thereafter. In case you want to know how he managed to conquer her heart, well, apparently he did so by dropping hundreds of roses over her riviera villa from a helicopter. So, if you are in love with a lady who lives on the French Riviera this is just what you have to do.

Gunter Sachs. Some of my followers might have perhaps learnt of his life and deeds from a recently circulated newsletter. Many of course know Gunter Sachs the automotive heir, the wealthy young man, the international playboy who graced with his exploits the beaches, nightclubs and bedrooms of Cannes when Cannes was Cannes. Maybe fewer of you know about Gunter Sachs the documentary filmmaker and avid art collector. This portrait was commissioned by him to Andy Warhol in 1972 and was exhibited along other pieces from the Gunter Sachs collection at Art Karlsruhe in March 2012, a few months after Sachs took his life.
Sachs knew a thing or two about art, living the life, blue shirts and, ça va sans dire, women. He was Brigitte Bardot’s husband between 1966 and 1969, and her loyal friend thereafter. In case you want to know how he managed to conquer her heart, well, apparently he did so by dropping hundreds of roses over her riviera villa from a helicopter. So, if you are in love with a lady who lives on the French Riviera this is just what you have to do.

Michael Atkinson, an illustration for the book Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football’s Greatest Cult Team.

Michael Atkinson, an illustration for the book Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football’s Greatest Cult Team.

"Pioneers of Oriental Africa"A 1930s notebook cover celebrating the adventurous deeds of explorer and bon vivant Baron Raimondo Nanuk Franchetti, one of  our all-time favourite fellows.

"Pioneers of Oriental Africa"
A 1930s notebook cover celebrating the adventurous deeds of explorer and bon vivant Baron Raimondo Nanuk Franchetti, one of  our all-time favourite fellows.

Holidaying before flip flops, theme parks, loud music and vulgarity
Porto San Giorgio, 1939

Holidaying before flip flops, theme parks, loud music and vulgarity

Porto San Giorgio, 1939

Like the very gods in my sight

Like the very gods in my sight is he who
sits where he can look in your eyes, who listens
close to you, to hear the soft voice, its sweetness
murmur in love and

laughter, all for him. But it breaks my spirit;
underneath my breast all the heart is shaken.
Let me only glance where you are, the voice dies,
I can say nothing,

but my lips are stricken to silence, under-
neath my skin the tenuous flame suffuses;
nothing shows in front of my eyes, my ears are
muted in thunder.

And the sweat breaks running upon me, fever
Shakes my body, paler I turn than grass is;
I can feel that I have been changed, I feel that
death has come near me.

Sappho, VII century B.C.