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THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR THE FUNERAL OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL K.G.

THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR THE FUNERAL OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL K.G., O.M., C.H. 30th January 1965 Together with CEREMONIAL TO BE OBSERVED AT THE FUNERAL OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL K.G., O.M., C.H.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.; WILSON, Harold [Prime Minister]; The Earl Marshal of England, the Duke of Norfolk The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson's personal copies of the Order of Service and Ceremonial to be Observed for the January 1965 state funeral of Sir Winston S. Churchill. One of a very small number of specially bound copies for members of the Royal Family, the Churchill family and only the highest ranking diplomats. Two volumes. Full black morocco stamped in gilt with the Arms of the Dukes of Marlborough to the upper boards (and the St. Paul's Cathedral crest to the lower board of the Order of Service), in the original plastic sleeves. Fine copies. With the original official invitation headed "State Funeral / At St. Paul's Cathedral / The Earl Marshal has it in Command / from The Queen to invite" underneath is inscribed "The Right Honourable The Prime Minister and Mrs Harold Wilson". Circular blind stamp of the Earl Marshal to the lower right corner. The invitation has some creasing and a short closed tear to the upper edge and some rust marks from the paperclip which held the acceptance form and envelope when issued. Loosely laid in to the Order of Service is the House of Lords business card of The Rt. Hon. The Lord Wilson of Rievaulx and an autograph letter on Blenheim Palace note paper thanking Lord Wilson for agreeing to pay the tribute to Sir Winston at the [1974] Churchill Memorial Concert. In 1953 Winston Churchill suffered his first stroke, leading the young, newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II to make it known that she wished him to receive a state funeral, an honour usually reserved for monarchs, and which has been given to only a handful of commoners. The plans for Churchill's funeral (secretly referred to as "Operation Hope Not") were designed that same year, and were revised many times during the twelve years that he survived, up until his death on the 24th of January 1965. As of 2019 it is the most recent state funeral in British history. The funeral was a vast, grand affair, consisting of a procession through the streets of London after Churchill's body had laid in state in Westminster Hall for three days, a service at St Paul's Cathedral, a military fly by, and a river launch. The Queen had instructed that it should be "on a scale befitting his position in history", and, being supported by 575 officers, 6508 other ranks (numbers not seen since the Duke of Wellington's state funeral in 1852), nine military bands, and being attended by thousands (and viewed on television worldwide by millions), it surely succeeded. Churchill's wife, Clementine, declared that "it wasn't a funeral, it was a triumph!". Alongside their more numerous, card stock counterparts, The Queen's stationary office produced a small number of morocco bound presentation copies of The Order of Service of the funeral, which contains the hymns and readings that were sung and recited at the service, and the Ceremonial to be Observed, which details the proceedings of the funeral and lists the troops and individuals making up the procession. These special editions were reserved for the Royal Family, the Churchill family, and high ranking diplomats; this one in particular having been given to the then British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, who, in his speech to parliament following Churchill's death, stated that "there can be no doubt of the massive, oaken stature that history will accord to him". These monumental association copies, along with a letter on headed paper inviting Harold Wilson and his wife to Sir Winston Churchill's funeral on behalf of The Queen and embossed with the stamp of the Earl Marshal of England offer a unique and poignant glimpse into the history of Great Britain and two hugely significant British Prime Ministers. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue.

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue.

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor; translated by GARNETT, Constance First edition in English. Colonial issue. Publisher's original red cloth with titles and decoration in gilt to the spine, blind stamped circular design to the upper and lower board. Lower page edges un-trimmed. An excellent better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little rubbing and bumping to the extremities. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. The contents, with the previous owner's small Toronto address label to the front endpaper and a very faint marginal stain to page 553, are otherwise remarkably clean and bright throughout. A lovely example, which due to the weight of the 850 page text block and relatively thin binding, makes copies in collectable original condition exceptionally scarce in commerce. The first English translation of this major work of Russian literature, and the first in a series of translations of Dostoevsky's work by Constance Garnett. One of at least three known binding variants [no priority established], this copy with 'The Novels of Dostoevsky' to the upper spine and the imprint of the London publisher Henry Frowde at the bottom [presumably they purchased the colonial edition publishing rights], but retaining the William Heinemann blind-stamp to the lower board and the William Heinemann sheets in entirety. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS

A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS

LINDSAY, David First edition, first printing. Publisher's first state binding of red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and in blind to the upper panel, in dustwrapper. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-303 [304: printer's imprint] plus an 8 page undated publisher's catalogue at rear. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little rubbing at the extremities, the gilt remaining bright and sharp. The contents with light spotting to the prelims and a little toning to the text block are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Loosely laid in is the original purchase receipt from the publisher (dated Sept 1920) along with their printed compliments slip. Complete with the rubbed and nicked first state dustwrapper which has a few small chips at the spine tips, a couple of closed tears to the fold ends and some toning to the spine and panel edges. Correctly priced 8/6 net to the spine. The wrapper remains sound and entirely without (or the need for) repair or restoration. One of about 600 copies in the primary state (of an entire print-run of 1250). The author's first book and a masterpiece of fantasy fiction, its influence notable on C. S. Lewis (Out Of The Silent Planet) and J. R. R. Tolkien to name but a few. Examples in original condition, retaining the dustwrapper, are of considerable rarity. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN OXFORD FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN OXFORD FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

BETJEMAN, John; VAISEY, David First edition. Inscribed presentation copy, with additional material. Publisher's original textured brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated in black and white throughout. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a few small bumps at the spine tips, the contents clean throughout. Complete with the very lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Loosely laid in are three typed letters, two are between co-editor David Vaisey and Nicholas Cooper at the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments regarding photographs for this publication, the third letter is from the publisher to John Betjeman regarding progress and setting a lunch meeting (annotated by Betjeman in blue ink). Inscribed by John Betjeman in blue ink on the front endpaper "To darling Mary / with love from the old / photographed / co-editor / John Betjeman / 9.9.71/ This is the nastiest ?? book I / have ever been connected with". The recipient is the accomplished poet Mary Wilson who also happened to be married to the twice Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Mary met Betjeman after she contrived to sit beside the poet laureate at an official dinner, thereafter the two would meet regularly, at Betjeman's house or at Number 10, sometimes in St James's Park, to read and recite poetry to each other. Betjeman encouraged Mary to write and publish and they remained close friends until his death. Provenance: Collection of Gladys Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.