Second Son. An Autobiography

Second Son. An Autobiography
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David Herbert. Introduction by Paul Bowles. Illustrations by Cecil Beaton.

London. Peter Owen. 1972. First edition. Purple cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 199 pages. 12 hors texte plates with black & white photographs by Cecil Beaton. 225 x 145mm (8 x 5"). 0.4kg. 0720602726. English. Very good; light edge wear to dust jacket; a clean copy with no inscriptions, not price-clipped.

The autobiography of David Herbert, the second son of the 15th Earl of Pembroke. Herbert led an itinerant life, spending much of his time travelling around the world with friends. He eventually left his ancestral home, Wilton House, to live permanently in Tangier. His memoirs are filled with a sparkling cast of characters, with appearances by Cecil Beaton, Stephen Tennant, Michael and Juliet Duff, Grace Vanderbilt, Syrie Maugham, Barbara Hutton, Daisy Fellowes, Noel Coward, Diana Cooper and Paul Bowles. Cecil Beaton provides the photographs. They are the recollections and the reflections of a true Bright Young Thing, and are laced with wit and wickedness.