Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook

London: B.T.Batsford, 1937

4to, pp. 136. Original floral paper to yellow boards, lettered in red-on-yellow to spine. Floral endpapers. Illustrated dustwrapper. A very good copy in a dustwrapper with paper reinforcement to reverse at spine to repair and disguise a tear, a little loss to spine ends, and some wear and light chipping to corners and edges.

First edition.

That Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook is so difficult to find in collectable condition is testament to the popularity of both the book and its creator in 1937, the year of its publication. Its blend of film stars, fashion and exotic locations is a recipe familiar to magazine readers today, but Beaton's witty and perceptive writing about his subjects -- unusually frank for the day and, it seems, beyond the usual controlling reach of publicists and studios -- make the book far more than merely something to read on the train. Throw in Wallis Simpson, here sketched, photographed and profiled by Beaton, and the book's elevation to invaluable social document is complete.

A well-read copy -- most are -- and with resulting wear and tear to the discreetly repaired dustwrapper, but a scarce survivor.

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