Cecil Beaton & Kenneth Tynan.
Allan Wingate. London. 1953. First edition. Hardback; blue cloth-bound boards, with silver decoration to front board and title to spine, dust jacket. 99 pages. Many b&w photographs on hors texte plates. Gift inscription in ink to front endpaper. English. 245 x 185mm. 0.7kg. . Good, in good dust jacket; light shelf wear to jacket, light wear to forecorners, wear to spine ends with slight loss and a couple of short tears, spine browned, some spotting to verso, price-clipped; slight lean to spine, light wear to boards, some pushing to forecorners.
The world's greatest photographer and the enfant prodigue of our dramatic critics have, in this beautifully designed book, joined forces to produce an anthology of unique human beings: a portrait gallery, in words and photographs, of about 100 living people whom they, its self-appointed curators, both admire...They have sought, in making their choice of exhibits, certain qualities, chief among which are energy, elegance, wit, craftsmanship, and a dash of the unpredictable.' (from the blurb). An amusing alphabetical anthology of 100 living people admired by the two contributors. Cecil Beaton provided the photographs and book design, including the dust jacket; Kenneth Tynan, the theatre critic, provided the text. Under B there is John Betjeman, Richard Burton, Balenciaga and Francis Bacon, G hosts Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and John Gielgud, whilst S features Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. From the library of theatre designer David Collis.