Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook

Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook
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Cecil Beaton.

London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1937. First edition. Cloth-backed floral paper boards, no dust jacket. 136 pages. Illustrated throughout with drawings, photographs and coloured plates on various paper stock. A frontispiece and tailpiece by Christian Bérard. 290 x 235mm (11½ x 9¼"). 1.1kg. . English. Very good; general shelf wear commensurate with age, rubbed along edges and some rubbing to boards, spotting to cloth back-strip, a small area of loss to paper on front board; minor spotting to prelims, tight binding, no inscriptions.

This was Cecil Beaton's second book and is a much sought-after vintage title. 'On the shelves at Ashcombe, I have now over fifty diaries & scrapbooks, memorials of many violated magazines, repositories of museum picture postcards, theatrical programmes, letters, photographs & pictorial miscellanea which have accumulated since childhood. Christian Bérard suggested to me that a similar scrapbook might be distilled from my own work during the last five years; & that is what has been done.' (from the preface). Beaton's photographs and drawings are collected together here and accompanied by witty essays on subjects such as Christmas, Winter House Party, Mrs Simpson: 20th November 1936, Marlene Dietrich, Garbo, Hats, New York, Dubrovnik, The Russian Ballet and Coronation.