London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1971. First edition, first printing. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 171 pages. 16 hors-texte plates with photographs. 225 x 135mm (8¾ x 5¼"). 0.4kg. 0297004425. English. Near fine; light ruffling to edges of jacket, a small 1 cm tear to top front forecorner, some spotting and dustiness to page edges; not price-clipped, no inscriptions.
'Ladies and gentlemen, a rare treat.
Mr Cecil Beaton, photographer, artist and stage designer par excellence, presents for your edification and delight a family history, elegantly posed, brilliantly lit, lavishly set in the poetic Lake District, fashionable Edwardian Hampstead, the most select watering places of Europe, and the lush jungles and exotic cities of South America.' (from the blurb).
A characteristically witty family memoir from Beaton. The Bolivian Aunt of the title was Beaton's Aunt Jessie, a beauty who married "a rich, moustachioed Bolivian" and lived a life of drama in South America. Her elaborate wardrobe and fashion sense inspired the costumes in My Fair Lady.