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Cecil Beaton. London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Wandering Years - 1961; Years Between - 1965, second impression; Happy Years - 1972; Strenuous Years - 1973; Restless Years - 1976; Parting Years - 1978, reprint. All British editions. First editions, first printings (except Years Between and Parting Years which are second impressions). 6 volumes. Cloth-bound hardbacks, dust jackets. 387; 352; 248; 231; 190; 164 pages. All volumes contain hors-text b&w photographic plates. The Wandering Years contains several line-drawings within the text. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 3kg. . English. Near fine; an exceptional set with very little wear; there is the occasional short 1cm tear to the edges of jackets of Wandering Years and Years Between, those of Wandering Years have discreet tape repairs to reverse, contemporary bookseller's price sticker to front flap of Years Between; no price-clipping except Years Between; all volumes free of inscriptions.An excellent complete set of Cecil Beaton's Diaries, all with the original dust jackets. Beaton is one of the most important diarists of the twentieth-century. His six diaries span 52 years and include reflections on the most significant events and people of the era. From his youth and ascent into society to his work as a War artist, from his travels across the globe to his relationships with the famous actresses, models, designers, artists and personalities, the diaries provided a rich flow of anecdotes, insights and opinions. Beaton's glorious wit and creative flair flow through each page.