The Book of Beauty [DELUXE SIGNED EDITION]

The Book of Beauty [DELUXE SIGNED EDITION]
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Price :  £2,250.00

Cecil Beaton.

London. Duckworth. 1930. First edition. From the deluxe edition limited to 110 copies, bound in white buckram and printed on handmade paper by the Camelot Press Ltd.. Numbered and signed by the author. This copy being number 57. White buckram, with gilt title to spine, top-edge pink. xii, 67 pages. Colour frontispiece, 27 b&w photographic plates and numerous line-drawing illustrations in the text. 295 x 235mm (11 x 9"). .8kg. . English. Very good; some light soiling to white boards and spine, spine browned, 3 small brown surface puncture marks to rear board, forecorners and spine ends curled inwards, small area of wear at head of spine. Signed and dated on front free endpaper by 'AC Duckworth. Jan. 1931.' (presumably connected with the publishers of the book).

A rare copy of the deluxe, signed edition of Cecil Beaton's first book.

'I have tried...to make my book an analysis of modern beauty, a collection of the loveliest ladies I have ever seen, and, in time, it may become a sentimental document for our granchildren, to marvel at all the types of beauty to-day; the latest varieties of Venus as well as the counterparts of former belles.' (Beaton in his Introduction)

The Book of Beautyis Beaton's unashamed paean to the beauty of the women who inhabit his world. The book is inspired by books of beauty published in the Victorian period and by his childhood fascination with the theatricality and glamour of the opposite sex. Photographs of women are accompanied by flowery descriptions. Sitters include Baba and Nancy Beaton, Edith Sitwell, Tallulah Bankhead, Tilly Losch, Nancy Cunard and Lady Diana Cooper. The whole captures the wit, intelligence and spirit of the modern women.