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James Lees-Milne. London. Chatto & Windus [Vols. I-III]; Faber and Faber [Vol. IV]; John Murray [Vols. V-XII]. 1975-2005. First editions, first impressions. 12 volumes. Cloth-bound hardbacks, dust jackets. 302; 254; 276; 248; 325; 228; 325; 276; 240; 258; 354; 319. 240 x 165mm (9½ x 6½"). 7.2kg. . English. Near fine; slight wear to jacket at head and base of spine of Vol. I, neatly reinforced with paper on the verso; Vol. II price-clipped; some soiling to jacket of Vol. IV; spine of Vol. IV and Vol. V faded; an excellent set.A very nice complete set of James Lees-Milne's diaries, all first editions, first impressions. Lees-Milne is regarded as one of the finest diarist of the twentieth century and his writings are candid, witty and scholarly. He was friends with some of the most prominent intellectual and society figures of the twentieth century. The diaries start in 1942 whilst he held the post of secretary of the Country Houses Committee of the National Trust, a highly influential position at a time when so many country houses were being lost. The titles of the volumes derive from Coleridge's Kubla Khan.