LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE CROWN JEWELS, 1953, ONE OF ONLY 99 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND SPECIALLY BOUND IN MOROCCO, WITH EIGHT LOVELY FOLIO COLOR PLATES OF BRITISH ROYAL CROWNS, SCEPTRES, SWORDS, AND MORE
(ROYALTY—ENGLAND) SITWELL, Major-General H.D.W. The Crown Jewels and Other Regalia in the Tower of London. London: The Viscount Kemsley at the Dropmore Press, (1953). Folio (10 by 14 inches), publisher's deluxe three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt, original dust jacket, original cloth slipcase. $1600.
Limited first edition of this work on England's crown jewels, number 43 of only 99 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author, with 40 photographs—eight in color—of crowns, orbs, sceptres, swords, plates, and other royal trappings, in publisher's deluxe morocco-gilt, and with the original dust jacket and slipcase.
This delightful work—published just one year after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne—was the joint undertaking of Major-General H.D.W. Sitwell, Keeper of the Jewel House in the Tower of London, and editor Clarence Winchester. "The originals for the photographic color plates were specially prepared by Mr. Philip Stoneham, who paid many visits to the Tower to ensure correctness of color and to transfer it to the photographs on which he worked with a brush. This was a difficult problem in view of the reflection of light inseparable from the subjects. The monochrome plates were made from photographs taken by Mr. A.W. Kerr" (Editor's Commentary).
Book fine; dust jacket expertly reinforced on verso along somewhat toned spine, minor offsetting from morocco, exceptionally good. Light wear to slipcase extremities. An excellent copy of this scarce limited edition.