London: Oxford University Press, 1952. Original dust jacket mock-up, measuring 6 x 13 inches fully extended, executed in black and white ink on red paper, heavily annotated, with one printed pastedown flap. Three printer’s separations of varying sizes, printed in black and white. With: single volume, measuring 6 x 3.5 inches: vii, , 726, . Original blue cloth stamped in blind and lettered in gilt, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Scattered foxing to jacket and preliminaries, light shelfwear.
Original dust jacket art by Lynton Lamb for the 1952 Oxford reissue of Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds, accompanied by a first printing of the final result. First serialized between 1871 and 1873, Trollope’s novel follows the efforts of a grasping young widow to keep a diamond necklace belonging to her late husband’s estate: “She knew well that the thing was not really her own; but there were, as she thought, so many points in her favour, that she felt it to be a cruelty that any one should grudge her the plunder. Was not she the only Lady Eustace living?” Oxford first included The Eustace Diamonds as number 357 in its World’s Classics series in 1930, reissuing the novel in 1952 with a new jacket designed by Lynton Lamb. A prolific and versatile commercial artist, Lamb had designed jackets for Oxford for decades, employing a variety of illustrative processes: lithography, wood engraving, pen and ink. He served as president of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in the early 1950s, when he produced this design for The Eustace Diamonds. His original drawing is executed in black ink on red paper, with Lady Eustace’s diamonds and title lettering in white. The dummy jacket, covered in handwritten notes, includes a pastedown flap from an earlier edition of the novel. Lamb’s art is accompanied by three printer’s separations, and a published example of the book and final jacket. An attractive survival, and an instructive glimpse into postwar English book promotion and production.