Title: Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain
Author: Margaret Irwin
Illustrator: J.R. Monsell
Year: 1953 (First Edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Book Condition: Near Excellent
Jacket Condition: Good
Description: The story documents how the life-long struggle between Philip of Spain and Elizabeth began in their personal attraction and antagonism, and describes the only times when they actually met. It gives his point of view as well as hers, his Spanish background and character, and that of his astonishing father, the Emperor Charles V.
Elizabeth runs the gauntlet between Bloody Mary's jealousy and morbid outbursts of hate, and Philip's uneasy advances. Continual danger trains her in the art of diplomacy, which she will soon, as Queen, be using for her country's salvation.
Contains a b&w frontispiece featuring a portrait of Elizabeth I and one b&w plate with Philip II. Purple boards with gilt lettering on spine.
Were it not for the tears on the front cover (see image), the unclipped jacket (12s. 6d. net) would've been in very good condition. All but one of the pages are in excellent, unmarked condition. The page in question has a small tear at the bottom.
Measures 21.5 cm × 14 cm (8.6″ × 5.6″). 8vo. 255 pp.