The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Chamber of the House of Commons by the Speaker 26th May 1948.London : printed for H.M. Stationery Office by the Curwen Press Ltd, 1948 Stock Code: 102752
First and only edition, with the limitation statement: "twenty-four copies printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". Library Hub shows just five locations in the UK: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, and Chartwell; WorldCat adds Houghton Library, Harvard, Universities of Toronto and Alberta, and Milwaukee Public Library Service.
The exact details of publication seem somewhat muddied. Cohen explains that "the normal edition of the work, for distribution to the Members of Parliament, was in wrappers. By order of the Speaker, however, 24 copies were printed and bound in full green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for presentation I have also examined a cloth-bound copy. A folder of loose photographs of the occasion (reproduced by collotype at the Chiswick Press) was attached to the inside back cover". Which is much the same as Woods's account of the piece, but does not clarify the status of the present copy. This is the second such copy examined by this cataloguer.
The text reprints Churchill's speech as Leader of the Opposition: "The House of Commons is a living and deathless entity; it survived, unflinching, the tests and hazards of war; it preserved our constitutional liberties under our ancient monarchy in a manner which has given a sense of stability, not only in this island, but as an example to nations in many lands". He features in all but two of the images.
Foolscap folio. Original green buckram over bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine and front board, quadruple fillet gilt panel to both boards, Palace of Westminster portcullis centre-tool gilt the lower.
5 collotype plates with two images per plate, title page printed in green.
A little rubbed, a couple of small areas of bubbling on the boards, else very good.
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