London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1924. Item #04451
The Book of The Queen's Doll's and It's Library
An Absolutely Mint Set in the Publishers Dust-Jackets and Slip Case
With a Color Illustration by Arthur Rackham
BENSON, A.C. WEAVER, Sir Lawrence, editors. RACKHAM, Arthur, and many others, illustrators. The Book of the Queen's Dolls' House… With ninety-two plates of which twenty-four are in colour [and:] The Book of the Queen's Dolls' House Library Edited E.V. Lucas with twenty-four plates of which eight are in colour. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., .
First Edition. Limited to 1500 copies (of which this is No. 1279).
Two quarto volumes (10 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches; 260 x 197 mm.). xiv, 249, [1, blank] pp; xiv, 384 pp. With 116 plates, including thirty-two in color.
Publisher's quarter linen over blue paper boards, royal monogram on front cover, uncut. An exceptionally fine set and mainly uncut set, in the original red printed dust jackets, complete with the additional spine label at the end of each volume. Housed in the publisher's blue cardboard slipcase. Fine.
Contains one reproduction of an Arthur Rackham watercolor entitled "Miss Muffet". (Riall, p. 152).
A beautiful and detailed catalogue of the building and contents of the Doll's House, built on a scale of one inch to the foot, which was presented as a tribute to Queen Mary after the First World War. The British writers are of particular interest in the library containing some 200 original miniature volumes bound and arranged on the library's miniature shelves. The authors of the volumes include A.E. Houseman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Galsworthy, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Max Beerbohm, C.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Robert Bridges, W.W. Jacobs, Robert Graves, H. Rider Haggard, Aldous Huxley, A.A. Milne, Sigfried Sassoon, James Stephens, and Somerset Maugham.
in 1920 the suggestion was made that it would be very interesting to present to Her Majesty [Queen Mary] as complete and exquisite a model twentieth-century residence as art and craft and devotion could contrive… The suggestion coming to the ears of one of the most distinguished and inventive architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Although engaged at the time on providing the new Delhi with palaces, Lutyens instantly set to work and designed a plan including everything, from a scale fountain pen to 'two hundred books written in their author's own hands. Everything was to be as perfect as it could be made; nothing was to be forgotten, nothing was to be out of scale - one inch to the foot. Everything is there including the most amazing library consisting of two hundred books written in their authors own hands and a collection of over seven hundred water-colors by living artists.
The only daughter of George V and Queen Mary, Princess Mary (1897-1965) married Viscount Lascelles (6th Earl of Harwood, 1929) in 1922.
Latimore & Haskell, p. 58; Riall, p. 152.