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Charles Castle. Foreword by Sir John Gielgud. New York. Thames & Hudson. 1986. First edition. US edition. Green cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 264 pages. With 145 illustrations, 20 in colour. 280 x 235mm (11 x 9¼"). 1.4kg. 0500234345. English. Near fine; light shelf wear to jacket, small crease to front inner flap; otherwise fine.Castle's biography of the life and work of Oliver Messel. The book examines Messel's set and costume designs for theatre, ballet, opera and film, generously illustrating his work with archival photographs. It also looks at his personal life and his interior decoration in Barbados and Mustique. The text is based extensively on autobiographical notes Messel left at the time of his death and is bolstered by contributions from friends, family and colleagues.