The Rainbow Comes and Goes; The Light of Common Day; Trumpets from the Steep.London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1958-60 Stock Code: 136001
NotesFirst editions, the first volume a second impression the others firsts, of this highly successful autobiographical trilogy covering the extraordinary life of actress, society hostess, and eternally Bright Thing, Lady Diana Cooper, "the only really glamorous woman in the world". This set inscribed in each volume to Stanley Hall, "wigmaker and make-up artist to the stars"; "Dear Stanley, be indulgent my first terrified effort, Diana Cooper"; and successively; "Number 2 - less terrified, with my affection, Diana C", and "and the last with all my love, Diana, 1970". Hall's bookplate to the front pastedowns.
Stanley Hall (1917-94) was the undisputed master of the perruquier's trade, combining "artistry in styling with a perfectionist's insistence on the quality of both materials and craftsmanship Divas at the New York Metropolitan Opera, heroes and heroines of Hollywood movies, leading players of the British theatre, and the casts of such great musicals as My. Fair Lady and such big-budget film epics as Cleopatra were invariably wigged and made up under his direction. Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Katherine Hepburn, Mary Martin, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia, all belonged to that galaxy which claimed his dedicated attention", to which we can add Lady Diana. (Derek Granger's obit. of Hall in the Independent). A slightly tired set, but a very pleasing association indeed.
3 volumes octavo. Original publisher's cloth - red, blue, and pale grey respectively - gilt unicorn device to the front boards, titles gilt to spines on faux labels colours to match the endpapers with designs after "murals by Martin Battersby in the author's house at Chantilly". With the dust jackets.
Portrait frontispiece to each and 89 other plates.
A slightly used set, the first volume particularly so, cloth mottled, bumping at the edges, mild hygroscopic tide-mark in the tail margin of the plates, the other two volumes with just moderate shelf-wear, jackets all somewhat rubbed and with some edge-splits and chips, remains a very good.
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