Rupert Hart-Davis. London. 1958; 1959; 1960. All first editions; vol. I is a second impression. 3 volumes. Cloth-bound hardbacks with title to spine and gilt horse motif to front board, dust jackets. 256; 264; 253 pages. Many black-and-white hors texte plates. English. 225 x 150mm. 1.8kg. . Very good; in very good dust jackets; light shelf wear to jackets with some rubbing to edges; vol. II lightly ruffled along top edge; not price-clipped, no inscriptions, a very good clean set.
'This is not to be judged merely as the memoirs of an exceptionally brilliant social figure, but as a work of art. By that standard it has real distinction - poetic, idiosyncratic, poignant, funny, unflagging, scintillating, simple, stylish; not the book of the season, or of the bed-side table; a book for the library, to be read and reread and loved for a life-time.' (Evelyn Waugh)
A complete three-volume set of the memoirs of Lady Diana Cooper. Cooper's memoirs reveal a life well-lived, populated with royalty, politicians, artists and aristocrats. They begin with her childhood and then cover her involvement with The Coterie , two World Wars, her celebrated appearance as the Madonna in Max Reinhardt's The Miracle , her marriage to Duff Cooper and their time at the British Embassy in Paris. The volumes finish with their retirement to Chantilly.