Another Self by James Lees-Milne soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1970, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Frontispiece; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: When James Lees-Milne left Eton in 1926, his father, convinced that revolution was imminent in England, told him the days of privilege were over and he must stand on his own feet. So saying, he took him to a London employment agency called Useful Women, had him enrolled in a class of twenty girls at a secretarial school and hurried back to the country where he had an appointment to play poker. Since those days, James Lees-Milne has become a well-known architectural historian. Though this book does not touch directly on his professional career, it shows how his interest in the arts steadily grew dismaying his sportsman father but delighting his mother when she was not vanishing (sometimes literally) into thin air during disagreeable crises. A spell as private secretary to Lord Lloyd, glimpses of Stanley Baldwin in an unexpected role and of Nancy Mitfords Uncle Matthew, and a stay among Corsican bandits are some of the highlights of this entertainingly unconventional picture of the authors other, earlier self. It ends with a poignant wartime love story.
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper darkened at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 157 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Biography catalogue?