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Burton, Anthony

The Story of the Victoria & Albert Museum, frontispiece and very numerous b&w illustrations from photographs, engravings, portraits and line-drawings, plans of the museum, bibliographic notes at the end of each chapter, index, 264 pp, blue-green boards in d/w, slight spotting (from coffee?) to closed edge of pages, otherwise in very good condition, V&A Publications 1999

27.5 x 20.8 cm, 1490g, ISBN 1 85177 292 8

That is, in London – those who work in the V&A (as I did, for a while) seem to think that it represents the centre of the universe and needs no further explanation . . .

See the description below from the dustwrapper flap, and from the rear cover.   This must be the definitive history of the museum, printed in double columns in a small typeface (see specimen page below).  It is now out of print, and was priced at £45 in 1999, which would correspond to £80 in today’s money.  This leads me to believe the print run was small, and certainly other booksellers are charging a minimum of £60 for their copies.

This is a large book, and the museum used heavyweight paper to better reproduce the many illustrations, so it would cost a good deal to send the book abroad.  If you are outside the U.K. and are thinking about buying it, please email us first on and we will quote a price for postage.

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