Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London. Wandering Years - 1961; Years Between - 1965; Happy Years - 1972; Strenuous Years - 1973; Restless Years - 1976; Parting Years - 1978. All British editions. All first editions, the first four being second 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. English. 220 x 150mm. 3kg. . Near fine, in near fine dust jackets; slight shelf wear to jackets, small 1cm chip to head of spine of Wandering Years, short 3cm tear at base of spine of Years Between, small 1cm chip to rear top forecorner of Restless Years, spine of Happy Years slightly faded; Years Between, Happy Years and Parting Years are price-clipped. With the signed bookplate of Betty Stone pasted to the front free-endpaper of each volume.
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 provide a rich flow of anecdotes, insights and opinions. Beaton's glorious wit and creative flair flow through each page.