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MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA, Louis, Earl.

Eighty Years in Pictures.

Published: London: Macmillan London Ltd., 1979

Stock code: 92457

Price: £1,250

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First edition, first impression. One of 25 copies reserved by arrangement with Macmillan for fine binding by Zaehnsdorf. A lovely copy of this richly illustrated autobiography of the naval officer and statesman Mountbatten (1900-79). While not an exhaustive pictorial biography, this book includes numerous pictures selected by Mountbatten himself in the hope that they ‘will give an insight into the varied, interesting and sometimes historic events in which I have been involved’ (Foreword). The reader is offered glimpses into various aspects of Mountbatten’s life, including his childhood as a member of the royal family, his naval and diplomatic careers, time spent in India, initially as the last Viceroy and then as the first Governor-General, as well as later charity work.

Quarto. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in dark red full morocco, raised bands to spine, titles to spine and single frames to boards gilt, all edges gilt, with inset hand-painted miniature portrait of Mountbatten in profile to front board, facsimile signature to rear board gilt, floral rolls to turn-ins gilt, vellum inset with coloured and gilt coat of arms to front inside cover, blue moiré silk liners. Housed in the original dark red quarter morocco solander box. With coloured frontispiece portrait of Mountbatten, numerous photographs and illustrations in both colour and black-and-white throughout, and two genealogical folding tables. Also with the additional facsimile letter from Mountbatten to the Admiralty, dated 24 May 1955, and a colour photograph of H.M.S. Liverpool, Mountbatten’s flagship, moored in Malta Harbour in August 1948, mounted on dark red card at the end. Very light browning to limitation leaf. Otherwise a fine copy.

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