London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1937. First edition; this copy in the plain cloth boards. British edition. Yellow cloth boards with red title to spine, dust jacket. 136 pages. Illustrated throughout with drawings, photographs and coloured plates on various paper stock. A frontispiece and tailpiece by Christian Bérard. 290 x 235mm (11½ x 9¼"). 1.1kg. . English. Good; jacket is chipped at head and base of spine with a small area of loss, some short tears to spine repaired with tape to verso, rubbing to top-edge, fore-edges and spine, slight creasing to top-edge with some small nicks and chipping to rear top-edge, tear and creasing to both lower corners of front jacket repaired with tape to verso, browning to spine, crudely price-clipped; some browning to cloth boards, previous owner's name to front free-endpaper, light spotting to fore-edge.
Cecil Beaton's second book with the scarce dust jacket.
'On the shelves at Ashcombe, I have now over fifty diaries & scrapbooks, memorials of many violated magazines, repositories of museum picture postcards, theatrical programmes, letters, photographs & pictorial miscellanea which have accumulated since childhood. Christian Bérard suggested to me that a similar scrapbook might be distilled from my own work during the last five years; & that is what has been done.' (from the preface).
Beaton's photographs and drawings are collected together here and accompanied by witty essays on subjects such as Christmas, Winter House Party, Mrs Simpson: 20th November 1936, Marlene Dietrich, Garbo, Hats, New York, Dubrovnik, The Russian Ballet and Coronation.