Biography & Memoir

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Ashcombe. The Story of a Fifteen-Year Lease

A first edition of Beaton's record of his famous Wiltshire country house.

Little Innocents. Childhood Reminiscences

Youthful recollections from Betjeman, Waugh, Macaulay, Sackville-West, etc. With a jacket design by Rex Whistler.


Edith Olivier's first book and Rex Whistler's second.

The Laughter and the Urn. The Life of Rex Whistler

Laurence Whistler's richly researched account of the life of his brother Rex.

The World of Carmel Snow

The memoirs of the great editor of 'Harper's Bazaar'.

Florence Broadhurst. Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

The story of Broadhurst's wallpaper designs and the woman who created them.

Gore Vidal. Snapshots in History's Glare

A visual autobiography by the American writer.

Les Annees Grace Kelly. Princesse de Monaco

'The definitive illustrated portrait' of Grace Kelly, from Hollywood star to Princess of Monaco.

Serious Pleasures. The Life of Stephen Tennant

Philip Hoare's definitive biography of Stephen Tennant.

Air of Glory. A Wartime Scrapbook

Cecil Beaton's photographic record of the British people at War.

Cecil Beaton's Fair Lady

Beaton's memoir of his role as the set and costume designer for 'My Fair Lady'.

I Take Great Pleasure

Cecil Beaton's amusing account of his lecture tour across North America.

It Gives Me Great Pleasure

Cecil Beaton's amusing account of his lecture tour across North America.

Madame De Pompadour

Nancy Mitford's biography, with a dust jacket design by Cecil Beaton.

My Bolivian Aunt

Beaton's ode to the style and flair of his Aunt Jessie.

My Royal Past By Baronness von Bulop as told to Cecil Beaton

A first edition of Beaton's spoof memoirs of Baroness Von Bülop.


A precursor to Beaton's published diaries.

The Blue Fox

Ronald Duncan's tales from the farm, with a dust jacket by Cecil Beaton.

Wars I Have Seen

Gertrude Stein's controversial war-time memoir, with a wrap-around jacket and photographs by Cecil Beaton.

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