London: Collins, 1949. First printing. Boards. A Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. Lightly rubbed. Octavo (6.75 x 9 inches). Brick red printed boards with matching DJ. Pp. 48 w/ 4 plates in colour, 22 illustrations in black & white. Color plates of Rt. Hon. Clement R. Attlee portrait, Sir Lavery's MacDonald Addressing the First Labor Party at the House of Commons, Labor Party Poster by Pryse c. 1929, Uno Conference by Topolski c. 1946.
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. Fine. Item #6965
Please see our comprehensive article on the "Britain in Pictures" series in the December 2009 issue of Firsts, A Book Collector's Magazine.