Royal 1958 Christmas and New Year card with a full-color image of Sebastiano Ricci’s painting The Holy Family. Signed by Queen Elizabeth, “Elizabeth R” and Prince Philip, “Philip.” The card measures 18.25 inches by 7.75 inches. In fine condition. A lovely example.
Royal Christmas and New Years Card Signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal couple
Royal Christmas card with an original black and white photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip seated in an automobile amidst a cheering crowd. Boldly signed by Queen Elizabeth, “Elizabeth” and Prince Philip, “Philip.” In fine condition. A striking example.
Autographs boldly signed “Elizabeth R. 1973” and “Philip” on a card. Matted and framed with a full color photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 11 inches. In fine condition. A very nice example.
Royal birth announcement welcoming Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s third child, Prince Andrew. Featuring a black-and-white family photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children, Charles, Anne, and Andrew. Boldly signed below the image in fountain pen, “Philip” and “Elizabeth R. 1960.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 14.5 inches.
Rare signed large format photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the royal entryway of Buckingham palace. Signed by the royal couple, “Elizabeth R. 1976” and “Philip.” Triple matted and framed the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 17 inches. A beautiful example.
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1923.
First illustrated edition of Kingsley’s historical novel based on the Preston Somers Expedition of 1595. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with sixteen colored plates by E. A. Cox including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Queen Elizabeth. In near fine condition.
First Edition of The Conquest of Everest; Signed by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1954.
First edition of this classic account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 8 pages of photographs in full color, and 48 pages in black and white, maps, sketches and drawings. Foreword by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris. The 1953 British Mount Everest expedition was the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Mount Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on Friday, 29 May 1953. Led by Colonel John Hunt, it was organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee. News of the expedition’s success reached London in time to be released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 2 June. Charles Evans was John Hunt’s deputy leader on the expedition. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. George Lowe helped prepare the route up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col at close to 8,000m altitude. On May 28th, Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, all carrying heavy loads, set out with Hillary and Tenzing as the support party for their summit attempt. Camp IX was established at 8,500m, then Lowe, Gregory and Ang Nyima descended to the South Col. The following day, May 29th, Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. Lowe went on to direct a documentary film during the expedition, entitled The Conquest of Everest that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. James Morris wrote for The Times, and in 1953 was its correspondent accompanying the British Mount Everest Expedition. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
“It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading": First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem on the front free endpaper in German, which translates as, “It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading. A. Einstein.” From the library of Alexandre and Catherine Barjansky with her ownership signature to the verso of the front panel and notation below Einstein’s inscription, “S.S. ‘Belgenland,’ New-York, 14/XII/30.” Russian sculptress Catherine Barjansky, her celebrated cellist husband, and Einstein were all close friends of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Barjansky described her experiences creating the now famed and very intimate sculptural portraits of Elizabeth and Albert in her 1947 joint memoir with her husband Portraits with Backgrounds. Catherine had an international career, living at times in Rome, Berlin, New York, Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. Einstein was in New York at the time he inscribed the present volume, having arrived aboard the Belgenland three days earlier. Einstein travelled aboard the Belgenland several times. He was on the ship in March 1933, intending to return home to Germany, when he learned the alarming news that the Nazis had ransacked his summer cottage in Caputh. He soon decided it was too dangerous to return to Germany and when the ship docked in Antwerp, Belgium, he immediately reported to the German consulate in Brussels, where he turned in his German passport and renounced his citizenship. Einstein returned to America in October, beginning a new life as a member of the faculty of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. In near fine condition. A complex and desirable association.
“ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES IN ENGLISH:” LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL; EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL
London: Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1906.
First edition of Winston S. Churchill’s biography of his father. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, with two photographic frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in both volumes, “Inscribed for G.S. Harvie-Watt by Winston Churchill 1943.” The recipient, Harvie-Pratt was a conservative politician who served as parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill from 1941-1945. At the end of World War II, he became a Queen’s Counsel and was created a baronet. In 1948 he became an aide-de-camp to George VI; on the king’s death, he filled the same position for Elizabeth II, also acting as a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. In very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities. Remarkable association copies.
"A Major Source for Shakespeare": Second and preferred edition of Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland
The First and Second Volumes of Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland WITH: The Third volume of Chronicles, beginning at Duke William the Norman (Holinshed Chronicles).
London: John Harrison, George Bishop, Rafe Newberie, Henrie Denham, and Thomas Woodcocke, 1587.
Preferred second edition of the greatest Elizabethan repository of English history which served as an important source for Shakespeare’s plays. Folios, 3 volumes bound into 2, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, woodcut initials and title pages. Separate title pages and pagination for The Description and Historie of England, The Description and Historie of Ireland, and The Description and Historie of Scotland comprising volume 1. When this expanded second edition of the Chronicles appeared in January 1587, the Privy Council, responding to Queen Elizabeth’s displeasure at certain passages, ordered the Archbishop of Canterbury to recall and censure the work; as a result extensive cancellations (74 pages) were made of offending sections in Volumes II and III. The censors removed “all references to English intervention in Scottish politics, raised the profile of the Earl of Leicester, and distanced England from Elizabeth’s one time suitor, the Duc d’Alençon. Any accounts of trials and executions were altered to ensure proceedings were unequivocally portrayed as being fair and legal” (King’s College London). The work of altering the entire edition of the Chronicles was rather haphazardly carried out, so that the sections affected vary from copy to copy. In this copy all of the offending sections are cancelled or excised. A nice example, scarce and desirable.