London. Chatto & Windus [Vols. I-III]; Faber and Faber [Vol. IV]; John Murray [Vols. V-XII]. 1975-2005. All first editions, first impressions, except Vol. V is a reprint and Vol. X is the fourth impression. 12 volumes. Cloth-bound hardbacks, dust jackets. 302; 254; 276; 248; 325; 228; 325; 276; 240; 258; 354; 319. 240 x 165mm (9½ x 6½"). 7.2kg. . English. Near fine; some fading to spines, very slight shelfwear; Vol. IX is price-clipped and has a contemporary inscription to front free-endpaper.
A very nice complete set of James Lees-Milne's diaries. Lees-Milne is regarded as one of the finest diarists of the twentieth century and his writings are candid, witty and scholarly. He was friends with some of the most prominent intellectual and society figures of the twentieth century. The diaries start in 1942 when he held the post of secretary of the Country Houses Committee of the National Trust, a highly influential position at a time when so many country houses were being lost. The titles of the volumes derive from Coleridge's Kubla Khan.