CUST, Sir Lionel Henry (1859-1929). The Royal Collection of Paintings at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. London and New York: Hazell, Watson & Viney, Ld. for William Heinemann and Charles Scribner's Sons, 'Published by Command of His Majesty King Edward VII by the Fine Arts Publishing Company', 1905-1906.
2 volumes, 4° (498 x 375mm). Titles and text printed in red and black. 180 photogravure plates, tissue guards printed with artists' names and titles. Original green roan gilt, boards titled in gilt around central royal arms, enclosed by double-fillet panel, gilt triple-fillet borders, spines gilt in compartments, lettered and numbered in 3, others decorated with tudor-rose tools, gilt edges (somewhat rubbed, scuffed and marked, splitting on joints). Provenance: Their Royal Highnesses King George V and Queen Mary (1865-1936 and 1867-1953, gift inscriptions in Queen Mary's hand 'For George From George R.I. [in King George's hand] and Mary Buckingham Palace', that in vol. I dated 'Christmas 1933' and that in vol. II dated 'December 20th 1934', gift to:) -- His Royal Highness Prince George, first Duke of Kent (1902-1942) -- Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (bookplates).
ASSOCIATION COPY OF CUST'S CATALOGUE OF PAINTINGS, INSCRIBED BY KING GEORGE V AND QUEEN MARY TO THEIR SON PRINCE GEORGE. The art historian Lionel Cust was appointed director of the National Portrait Gallery in 1895, and in 1901 was appointed Surveyor of the King's Pictures, a position which he held until 1927, when he retired and was created K.C.V.O. Amongst other publications on the Royal Collections which Cust wrote or contributed to are: Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings in Buckingham Palace (London: 1909); Notes on Pictures in the Royal Collections (London: 1911); The King's Pictures (London: 1929). Together with: L.H. CUST. The Royal Collection of Paintings at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. London and New York: 1905-1906. 2 vols, 4°. (Occasional light spotting to text leaves, occasional light marginal marking or staining.) Original green roan gilt (somewhat rubbed and scuffed causing superficial losses). Provenance: Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (bookplates). (4)