Lot 470: London Olympics, 1948. XIVth Olympiad, July 29th to August 14th 1948. Distinguished Visitors' Book, Empire Stadium, Empire Pool & Sports Arena, Wembley, the unique visitors' book with calligraphic title in colours and gold, the first 16 unnumbered leaves with 79 autographs of British royalty, politicians, Olympic officials and visiting dignitaries, the first page with four autographs of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Mary, all dated 29th July 1948, other signatures include Clement Attlee, Violet Attlee, Anthony Eden, Ernest Bevin, Lord Hailsham, Lord Burghley (Chairman of the Organising Committee), Sir William Portal (President of the Games), Princess Juliana, Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Kent, Prince George of Denmark, plus dignitaries from Turkey, Norway, Netherlands, Persia, Australia, Canada, India, Jaipur, USA, France, China, Cuba, etc., followed by 58 leaves with 223 autographs of medal-winning competitors including full teams for some sports, the first 13 leaves containing autographs relating to athletics, followed by fencing (6 leaves), weightlifting (2 leaves), football (7 leaves), hockey (6 leaves), cycling (2 leaves), swimming (4 leaves), canoeing (6 leaves), boxing (4 leaves), gymnastics (4 leaves), equestrianism (4 leaves), all but the first leaf (with British royalty) red ruled with five rows and two columns to rectos only, autographs in left column and most right columns with calligraphic script giving country, position and event in red ink, further red ink identification of titles to many of the dignitaries and sportsmen, some autographs dated, competitors' leaves numbered in pencil lower right, some rows blank and some signatures on matching strips of paper neatly pasted in, all edges gilt, contemporary red leather with inner dentelles gilt and leather pastedowns, gilt metal Olympic rings motif onlaid to upper cover, slightly rubbed, 4to (29 x 23.5cm). (1)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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