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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

70 Years in Books & Works on Paper

This year HM Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate their Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of service.

In celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth II's historic reign, we take a look at just some of the incredible range of books & works on paper that have shaped the last seven decades. 



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  1. First edition, first issue (no mention of later printings but with textual errors corrected), 8vo,. publisher's black cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, gilt vignette stamped on front cover, spine faintly dulled, first issue dust-jacket without the two line credit on the front flap, printed in magenta, small areas of professional, historic restoration to top corners of spine-head and folds, spine panel very faintly sunned, minor edge-wear, otherwise a superior copy both internally and externally.

  2. First edition, inscribed by the author on half-title; 4to (245 x 170 mm.); numerous full & half-page colour plates, reproduced drawings on colour paper, illustrations and black & white photographs, slight toning to paper but clean; publisher's moire cloth gilt, light wear to corners, pictorial dust-jacket, darkening, more so to spine, spine-ends chipped, a few spots and a small loss to upper edge of rear panel but overall a very good example.

  3. First UK edition; 8vo; publisher's printed note tipped in; endpapers a little foxed; publisher's yellow cloth, spine lettered in red, printed dust-jacket with photographic halftone illustration, a very good copy; [8], 9-94pp.

  4. First edition, 8vo, neat contemporary ink name to front free endpaper, internally fine, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket with still of Laurence Olivier in character, usual slight toning to spine but overall a fine example.

  5. First edition; 8vo (210 x 135 mm); neat, contemporary ink ownership to front free endpaper, general slight age-toning, otherwise very clean; publisher's brown cloth, photographic dust-jacket, a little chipped along the edges, offsetting from flaps to endpapers but not price-clipped and in all, very good-plus.

  6. First edition, 'First Printing', 8vo, publisher's cloth, a little rubbed and spotted, dust-jacket, professional repair to head of spine and upper corners, short closed tear to rear panel, usual fading to spine, otherwise very good and internally fine.

  7. First edition, 8vo., publisher's grey cloth, usual age toning, pictorial dust-jacket printed in mustard-yellow and black, a little rubbed at extremities, rear panel a little dust-soiled, otherwise very good.

  8. 3 original Biba catalogues 35.5 x 18 cm, illustrated throughout by Helmut Newton and others, wrappersrs with biba logo to upper covers, 2 with order slips loosely inserted, one with small cup stain to upper wrapper (feint), one with slight flecking, overall well preserved examples of an ephermeral publication.

  9. First editions, first impressions; 3 vols, 8vo; publisher's black, pink and blue boards respectively, titles to spines, with the pictorial dust jackets. The first title: spine just a touch rolled but a lovely copy in the lightly frayed dust jacket with a couple of pieces of internal support. The other two titles are gorgeous in the dust jackets.

  10. First editions, first printings, each signed by the author on the title-page; 4 vols, 8vo; minor spotting to terminal leaves of third vol., overall internally fine; publisher's cloth-backed boards or cloth, dust-jackets, slight edge-wear around spine of first vol., second vol. price-clipped, otherwise all near fine to fine; presented in 2 matching cloth drop-back boxes lettered & ruled in gilt.



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