Sunday, 8 January 2012

Treasure: 1937 Coronation Souvenir Book

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When I went home at Christmas I had a quick hunt round the Charity shops. This is one of my prise finds. A first addition 1937 Coronation Souvenir Book. It was only £3.50, I kid you not!

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It is in pristine condition, so thank you Edith Pilkington I promise to do my best to keep it that way.

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It couldn't have found it at a better time as i'm a little obsessed with Wallis Simpson and am eagerly awaiting the release of W.E. From what I can see the sets and costumes look fantastic but the reviews are not looking promising.

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The book has a detailed descriptions of the Coronation and Abdication of Edward VIII, it then leads on to the Coronation of his brother King George VI.
It is beautifully illustrated and I especially love all the pictures of Wallis Simpson and the young Queen Mother.

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I am very excited for the Diamond Jubilee in June, it is a very special celebration as the only other British monarch to celebrate one was Queen Victoria in 1897!

I Hope you have all had lovely weekends.
xx

22 comments:

  1. What a truly wonderful and historical find.

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  2. My parents were married in 1938, Kelly-Marie. Yours is a marvelous find and for such a modest price! Congratulations, dear friend!

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  3. OMG,what a wonderful find!And so pristine!!!
    I'm rather Royally obsessed,and rather royally jealous of this!!!
    I will be wetting myself come Dianond Jubilee time.Might have to have a partay....that would be fun!
    Gagging to see W.E., wouldn't be surprised if we don't get it on the big screen here,though.The shorts for it look amazing!
    :)

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  4. Wow! That is amazing! Well jealous.

    Problem I'm forseeing with W.E. is that the modern day side of the story will probably be terrible, I just want to see a good biopic of the Windsors. We shall see though.

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  5. I ALSO LOVE WALLIS! How fab was her wardrobe? And her dogs? I can't wait, either.

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  6. Tom: Wow that's cool, I bet your Mu had a beautiful 1930's wedding dress. I one day hope to get married in a dress of the same era.

    Helga: I am rather Royally obsessed too. :) You should deffo have a party. I might try and have one too but not many of my friends are as Royally minded as me. :D

    Ben: Yeah I completley agree with you. I'm glad they have used the secret letters as a base for the story but the modern part looks awful. Did you watch the BBC documentary on the secret letters of Wallis Simpson? It was really good.

    Miss Tallulah: I KNOW, she was so amazing! A dog lover and one of the best dressed women in history. Have you seen 'Any Human Heart'? Gillian Anderson plays her and the costumes are wonderful. xx

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  7. Envy does not cover it. I don't know if I want to pinch you for finding it for £3.50 or kiss you for sharing it. I think I shall go for the latter :)

    I am trying very hard to ignore all the big movie reviews - like I always do - I like to try and make my own mind up on face value. Angela Riseborough is a fine actress, so I am sure she shall pull it off. Depends on the writing I guess...

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  8. Landgirl1980: Ha i'm glad you decided to give me a kiss, but wouldn't bame you for the pinch. I had to pinch myself when I saw the price. :)

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  9. Amazing find! What an absolute gem. Hmm, I spontaneously bought myself a Royal Wedding stamp collection with little booklet when I was buying one for my grandmother, and then immediately thought that I was a bit bonkers for doing so. But now it's nice to think that in 70 or so years time some young lady will find it in a charity shop and be tickled pink by it. I'll have to make sure to get the collectors stamps for the Jubilee as well!

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  10. What an absolutely stunning find - doesn't it make one wonder about Edith Pilkington and the life she lived?

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  11. Miss Marie: Aww what a lovely way to put it. :) You are not bonkers at all, I wish I had thought to do the same. I was pretty excited about my Royal Wedding Oyster card holder though. :)

    Rosalind: It certainly does. I always look through all the names written inside the old books in my local Oxfam book shop. They often all get donated together so you can find a few that belonged to the same person. They once had a whole collection of Marine and Royal Navy books donated by a retired Navy Officer who had fought in WW2, he donated around 30 books. I tend to get a little carried away and sentimental about the books previous owners. x

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  12. Rosalind and Kelly-Marie: I remember reading that having someone's name or dedication in the front of a book actually brings down the value of an antique book. I found that absolutely astounding because for me, like you both, that makes it so much more valuable and interesting!

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  13. WoW! What a great find! This kind of story of finding such a treasure for a pittance gets my heart racing! Thanks for sharing all the photos, I reallly enjoyed them all! May more great finds be in your near future. ♥

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  14. Wauw, so beautiful.. Lucky girl! Stunning pictures.

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  15. Such a great find! Those long velvet ermine-trimmed capes are gorgeous, and I absolutely LOVE that fabulous gold top in your previous post! =)

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  16. What a treasure! it is gorgeous, I am definitely going to watch the film just for the costumes really x

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  17. Wow what a great story. I had never heard of Wallis Simpson before but now I cant wait for the movie. Im certainly intrigued!

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  18. Also looking forward to the Jubilee celebrations. Awesome souvenir and some great photos. Did you watch the recent 2-part BBC documentary on King George & Queen Mary?

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  19. Rehan: No I missed it. :( I'm really bad at catching up with BBC I player and when ever I go to watch anything it has already finished. I'll check to see if it's still up there. Thanks.

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  20. ihave one of these in exellent condition open to realistic offers

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