Persona Grata

Persona Grata

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. English. 245 x 185mm. 0.7kg. . Very good; light shelf wear to dust jacket, light browning to spine, forecorners and spine ends reinforced with paper to verso, not price-clipped; fading to very lower edge of boards, clean internally with no inscriptions.

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.

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