Beaton, Cecil ~ Ashcombe : The Story Of A Fifteen Year Lease
Batsford, London : 1949
The First UK printing published by Batsford, London in 1949. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Light pushing and fading at the spine ends with the gilt titling remaining bright. Russet top-stain is present. Some very light spotting to the text-block and prelims which has very slightly encroached onto some page edges in a few places. Mild offsetting to the end-papers. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is neatly price-clipped and is in Very Good+ condition with some mild edge-wear and creasing at the spine ends and edges. A little loss at the spine ends with some rubbing to the spine folds and some fading of the colouring and toning to the spine. A 3cm closed tear to the lower front spine fold. Some small areas of rubbing in places. The wraparound wrapper artwork by Rex Whistler looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. Numerous B/W photographic plates and B/W illustrations by Rex Whistler et al. ' 'Ashcombe' is the name of the country house in the Wiltshire Downs whose lease Cecil Beaton held for the fifteen years from 1930. In this book Mr. Beaton has wonderfully succeeded in recreating the atmosphere of those days'....'the weekends, when there would be visit from Rex Whistler, Edith Olivier, Augustus John, Tilly Bosch, Lord David Cecil, and so many others.' (wrapper blurb). An increasingly elusive title with the wrapper.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good+