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The Queen Mother.

The Official Biography.

Published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009

Stock code: 100115

Price: £5,000

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First US edition, first printing; originally published in the United Kingdom by Macmillan the same year, with the title “Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography”. One of only two copies in this binding, the other being in the possession of the author.

Octavo. Full dark blue morocco by Brockman, gilt-tooled overall with grid pattern bisected by semicircular onlays in red calf; six diamond-shaped black calf onlays to spine and boards, circular red calf onlay to centre of spine, red calf border onlaid to boards, all with repeating circle pattern tooled in gilt; titles to head and foot of spine gilt on red calf ground, multicolour silk endbands, all edges gilt, black calf doublures with blind-tooled grid pattern and red calf onlays after design to boards, gold-sprinkled blue endpapers. Housed in a custom quarter-morocco drop-back box with red velvet lining and spine lettered in gilt. 20 photographic plates. A fine copy in a custom, expert binding with the dust jacket bound in to rear.

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