CECIL BEATON DIARIES. The Wandering Years 1922-1939; The Years Between 1939-44; The Happy Years 1944-48; The Strenuous Years 1948-55; The Restless Years 1955-63; The Parting Years 1963-74.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1961 - 1976
First edition, first printing. Six volumes. Each an inscribed presentation copy from the author to Mary Anna Marten. With 4 autograph letters signed. All volumes with the Crichel House bookplate of Mary Anna Marten to the front pastedown.
The Wandering Years is in very good condition with a slight spine lean, the dustwrapper is faded to the spine with some small nicks at the extremities. Inscribed on the title page “To Mary Anna / with love / Cecil”. Tipped in to the back of the book are two autograph letters and one postcard from Cecil Beaton to Mary Anna Marten postmarked 1968 and w/ the address 'Crichel' Dorset;
'The Years Between' is in very good condition in a good rubbed, torn and chipped dustwrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper “Mary Anna / with love from / Cecil”. There is some adhesive marking on the endpaper affecting the inscription from the bookplate fixed to the front pastedown. Tipped into the rear is an autograph letter from the author on Beaton's Reddish House stationary;
'The Happy Years' is in near fine condition in a near very good nicked and torn dustwrapper. Inscribed on the title page “For Mary Anna / Love / Cecil”;
'The Strenuous Years' is in near fine condition with the very good lightly worn and spine faded dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper “For darling / Mary-Anna / with love from / her affectionate / Cecil / 1973.”;
'The Restless Years' is in near fine condition, in the very good lightly worn and spine faded dustwrapper. With a birthday presentation inscription to Mary-Anna Marten from her daughter, 'Victoria' McDonaugh, on the front free endpaper and inscribed by the author on the half title “To Mary-Anna / Love from / Cecil”;
'The Parting Years' is in near fine condition in the very good rubbed and nicked dustwrapper. Inscribed in black ink on the title page “To Mary-Anna / Love from / Cecil”.
Ex-Libris: Mary Anna Marten, OBE (1929-2010) god-daughter to The Queen Mother) w/ her 'Crichel House' library bookplates affixed to the front pastedown.
Crichel House, the magnificent Grade 1 listed property in Dorset, was subsequently acquired along w/ 1,500 acres including the park and 50 cottages in 2013 by an American philanthropist.
M.A. Marten's obituary as featured in The Telegraph 19 April 2010: