So the dustjacket collection might now be getting out of hand... in the the hoo-ha about his photographs, people are prone to forgetting the Cecil Beaton was very much the all-round visual artist and he did a fair bit of jacket design and illustration for his own books and for others. This one (above) is a fairly typical example. The jacket below, for Frossia. A Novel of Russia is signed Elias. For the time being that's all I know but it did have that 'leap off the shelf' quality about it. Both were bought in a really enjoyable trip to a bookshop in Southampton where R and I were invited 'downstairs' into the bookseller's basement room to mooch through the unpriced stock that filled it to spilling point.