Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions.
Decorated paper over boards, cloth spine lettered "Scrap Book." 14 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches (35 x 20 cm); 50 ff., with mounted newspaper clippings (most poignantly those dealing with the death of his friend, the artist Rex Whistler), notes and letters received by Beaton (including a five-page letter from the poet and Surrealist Edward James, among others), telegrams and bills, fair copies in his hand (some extending for pages) of texts that interested him, etc. etc. Some leaves with evidence of extractions, some loose clippings, some later and unrelated material laid in at front.
The sections in Beaton's hand include a three-quarter page section of observations on roses in art; a four-page copy of a work by Norah Lindsay "Summer Roses of Long Ago;" a sheet laid in with copies of four of Shakespeare's sonnets; and another with an unidentified quotation; and a typed sheet of musings on Beaton's 8 Pelham Place stationery (his London address). Beaton scrapbooks are rare in commerce. Sold with a copy of Beaton. The Art of the Scrapbook, Assouline/Knopf 2002.