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Queen Elizabeth II: A Portrait in Stamps
by Fay Sweet
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0712350020, Paperback)
Since her accession to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has become one of the most familiar icons of Great Britain and the face of the modern monarchy. This lavish and fascinating volume illustrates her half-century reign and celebrates the reproduction of one of the twentieth-century’s most recognizable images in stamps through the unparalleled philatelic collection of the British Library and the Royal Mail. A fully revised and expanded edition of the 2002 book, this volume presents over 250 beautifully reproduced images—including every single design of the “special stamps” issued for royal occasions, plus those designed by members of the royal family themselves, providing an unsurpassed visual record of the illustrious monarch’s life and times. Featuring recent events such as the death of the Queen Mother, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the eightieth birthday of the Queen and the new “Diamond Wedding” stamps published for the celebrations of October 2007, this remarkable volume is an essential addition for anyone with an interest in stamps and their design, as well as those fascinated by the life of the royal family.
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"Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen's image on UK stamps has become one of the most familiar and reproduced icons of all time. This beautiful and fascinating book illustrates the reign of Her Majesty as celebrated on Britain's stamps." "Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 images, Queen Elizabeth II: A Portrait in Stamps features every design of UK 'special stamps' issued for royal occasions as well as stamps designed by members of the royal family. The past half century has seen unprecedented changes in public access to the monarchy, press freedoms and how the royal family is portrayed, which have been reflected in the stamps. This book also explores the design of the stamps themselves: how this visual medium has evolved over the past 50 years, and the elaborate and skilful processes that lie behind the creation of stamp issues (every one of which is approved by the Queen)." "Ever since 1840, when Queen Victoria appeared on the first stamp, Britain has led the way in stamp design and innovation. As well as commemorating important national events and anniversaries, Britain's stamps provide an unparalleled visual record of the monarch's life and times. Illustrated from the two great philatelic collections of The British Library and Royal Mail, this book is an essential read for anyone with an interest in the monarchy, in design, or in stamps."--BOOK JACKET.
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