New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's orange cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition early retrospective of Cecil Beaton’s photography, with text by poet and critic Peter Quennell. Photographer, set and costume designer, diarist, and bright young thing, Beaton got his start as an illustrator and staff photographer for British Vogue, where he contributed fashion sketches and society portraits. He soon found himself photographing the likes of Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo, as well as designing sets and costumes for the opera, ballet, Broadway, West End and Hollywood. Showcasing Beaton’s artistic development as he experimented with different techniques, backdrops, and materials, this collection contains over 300 photos, organized by subject, with Quennell’s commentary and captions throughout; with an index. Published simultaneously in the UK and the US. Boards slightly bowed, light rubbing to spine-ends and corners; price-clipped dust jacket chipped at spine-ends and flap folds, with tape repairs to verso. Still, a bright, more than presentable copy. Item #4985