London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1978. Reprint, first published in the same year. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 164 pages. With 8 hors-text b&w photographic plates. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.4kg. 0297774492. English. Near fine; slight shelf wear to edges of dust jacket with a couple of short 1cm closed tears, price-clipped with publisher's price sticker, no inscriptions or marks.
The final volume of Cecil Beaton's witty and celebrated diaries. The Parting Years covers Beaton's encounters with the youth of the swinging sixties but also the parting of many of his lifelong friends.
'In Marrakesh he meets Mick Jagger and in England David Hockney comes to stay. There are many vivid and affectionate portraits: Garbo in Greece, as bewitching as ever; Philippe and Pauline de Rothschild in their little principality at Mouton; Picasso, rather shrivelled but full of vitality and hope; Diana Cooper defying the passing years with indomitable energy.' (from the blurb).