J. SMITH A Miniature Treasure From Queen Mary's Dolls' House

J. SMITH A Miniature Treasure From Queen Mary's Dolls' House

J. SMITH AND FOUGASSE    Book Number: 83446    Product format: Hardback

Measuring just 3.6 x 4.8cm or 1½" x nearly 2" and ½", this teeny weeny satin miniature book has regal gold decorations on the cream satin cover, satin bookmark and gilt-edged pages and inside, even at this size, a real, readable text and beautiful illustrations by none other than Fougasse. It is one of the jewels of the Royal Collection Trust who have produced this exquisite box set with explanatory booklet to learn about this charming story. The exquisite Dolls' House at Windsor Castle is the largest and most famous dolls' house in the world, a gift from the nation to Queen Mary and built between 1921 and 1924 by the finest craftsman of the day. It is a perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence, a house fit for a queen. Leading figures of the art world were involved including Sir Edwin Lutyens and with contributions for the Library by Hardy, Kipling and Conan Doyle. Cyril Kenneth Bird, known as Fougasse, was Punch's Editor in 1949 and his tiny little book, written in verse, tells the delightful story of Joe Smith, a fairy who one stormy night is blown out of fairyland and lands in Eton Square, London. Arrested by the police who accuse him of mischief-making in fancy dress, Joe proves he is a fairy by flying around the station and tries his hand as dancer, musician and artist and everywhere is loved by the public for his fairy ways. Every page is delicately illustrated with Fougasse's gently humorous probing of contemporary society. The book, bound in cream vellum with gold cover detailing and gilt page edges, is no bigger than postage stamp and is a miniature work of genius. The transcript of the whole story is reproduced in the booklet and it is a Royal Collection Trust and Walker Books exquisite facsimile miniature.
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Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £7.00

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ISBN 9781406359039
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