London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1957. Hardback, dust jacket. 240 pages. Extensively illustrated with photographs and text illustrations, on various coloured paper stock. 285 x 230mm (11¼ x 9"). 1.2kg. English. Near fine; light bump to top forecorner; dust jacket with light wear to edges and small chips at head and base of spine, spine browned, not price-clipped; no inscriptions.
'His [Beaton's] new book is a scrapbook - if so humble a word can be used to describe so sophisticated a volume. Here are Beaton's favourite photographs, drawings, essays and designs selected from his work since the war. People ... left bank Parisian intellectuals, Wessex thatchers, angry young men, grand old men, beautiful women. Places ... London, Paris, New York, Beaton's country house in Wiltshire, a holiday in Sicily, a visit to Florence. Pleasures ... the ballet, the theatre, gardening, travelling. All come under the engaging scrutiny of Cecil Beaton's camera, brush and pen. One chapter discusses and illustrates the "Changing Venus" from Lillie Langtry to Audrey Hepburn; others reveal the joys and problems of photographing Grace Kelly and Sir Winston Churchill; and one of the most delightful sections of all reproduces Beaton's designs for the ballet and the theatre, culminating in the costumes which have contributed so much to the success of My Fair Lady.' (from the blurb).