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BEATON, Cecil.

My Royal Past....

By Baroness von Bülop, née Princess Theodora Louise Alexina Ludmilla Sophie von Eckermann-Waldstein.

Availability: In stock

Published: London B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1939

Stock Code: 130958

£750
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even before the Second World War was already fading into farce. It includes doctored photos of a number of Beaton's friends, including playboy Antonio Gandarillas as the Baroness herself, and painter Francis Cyril Rose, ballet dancer Frederick Ashton, and Welsh aristocrat Michael Duff in full evening dress as her entourage.

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Description

Quarto. Original orange cloth, titles to spine in black, top edge pink. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Colour portrait frontispiece, and numerous monochrome illustrated and photographic plates.

Condition

Spine gently rolled, spine ends a little sunned, rubbing to extremities, wear to tips; a very good copy in the scarce browned jacket with loss to spine ends and foot of front panel, spine folds split, top half of spine detached, chip to head of rear panel, splits to flap folds.

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