London: William Collins, 1945. First printing. Boards. A Near Fine copy. Toned spine. Gift inscription on ffl "to Nora with love from Mhari", Christmas 1947". Includes 2 page MS letter; handlettered on engraved stock. Holiday correspondence documenting the post war activities of a country gentlewoman [Mhari Ferguson] dated Dec. 16th 1947.
Octavo (6.5 x 9 in., 165 x 228 mm). Clay-coloured boards. Pp. 48 w/ 8 plates in colour and 21 illustrations in black and white. Includes Sandby, Constable, Blake, Turner, Rossetti, Rowlandson, Gainsborough, Cotman, Nash, Piper.
During W.W.II, under the threat of a lost national identity, Wm. Collins published the 'Britain in Pictures' series to acknowledge and celebrate Britain's unique contribution to the Arts, Science, Industry and Culture at large. As the finest expression of social history, this series represented all elements of Britain's distinct way of life thus fostering national pride. The series explores a wide range of subjects from British Boxing and Golf to Printed Books, Photographers, Caricaturists and Cartographers, to Ship Builders and Fishermen, all penned and fully illustrated by the noted authorities and recognized talents of the day. At the time of publication, c.1941-50, these octavo sized books were issued in an affordable, yet pleasing format: one-color printed paper boards and matching dust wrappers, and thus were available to everyone. By any standards, this series still represents the finest synopsis of any subject uniquely British. As a well loved series, these books have withstood the test of time. Near Fine. Item #6872
Please see our comprehensive article on the "Britain in Pictures" series in the December 2009 issue of Firsts, A Book Collector's Magazine.