London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Wandering Years - 1961; Years Between - 1965; Happy Years - 1972; Strenuous Years - 1973; Restless Years - 1976; Parting Years - 1978. All British editions. All first editions, first impressions. 6 volumes. Cloth-bound hardbacks, dust jackets. 387; 352; 248; 231; 190; 164 pages. All volumes contain hors-texte b&w photographic plates. The Wandering Years contains several line-drawings within the text. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 3kg. . English. Very good; a very good set of first editions, first impressions with some slight shelf wear, no inscriptions; Wandering Years has light chipping at head and base of spine and forecorners, with a small areas of loss, two short tears neatly repaired with tape to verso, lower forecorners bumped; Years Between and Strenuous Years have occasional short closed tears; Happy Years has a couple of short tears to front forecorners, a short 2cm tear to front top edge with slight loss; Restless Years has small area of staining to boards; Parting Years has a short 3cm tear to top of spine, hinges reinforced on verso of jacket; Wandering Years, Strenuous Years and Restless Years are price-clipped.
An excellent complete set of Cecil Beaton's Diaries, all with the original dust jackets. Beaton is one of the most important diarists of the twentieth-century. His six diaries span 52 years and include reflections on the most significant cultural events and people of the era. From his youth and ascent into society to his work as a War artist, from his travels across the globe to his relationships with the famous actors, models, designers, artists and personalities, the diaries provided a rich flow of anecdotes, insights and opinions. Beaton's glorious wit and creative flair flow through each page.