Rupert Hart-Davis. London. 1958; 1959; 1960. All first editions. Manuscript correspondence card signed by Diana Cooper loosely inserted. 3 volumes, octavo; 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; some light shelf wear to jackets, some wear to spine ends, some dustiness to top edges, small letter sticker to jacket spine of 'The Rainbow Comes and Goes', not price-clipped.
'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. A signed, manuscript correspondance card with Diana Cooper's Warwick Avenue address is loosely inserted into The Rainbow Comes and Goes - 'Many thanks again for making the task so easy. Your appreciation gives me enough pleasure to have coped myself with labels & wrapping & stamps. Yrs Diana Cooper.'