Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth is, at first glance, an unimpressive pair of volumes bound in blue leather. However, a closer look at the gilt fore-edge of each book reveals patches of color peeking through. When the books are opened, the gilded edges shift and the colors resolve into exquisitely detailed scenes of Elizabethan England.
In the first volume, a very recognizable portrait of Henry VIII is paired with a view of Hampton Court Palace, a tiny red-coated guard standing watch in the background. As the reader moves through the history of Elizabeth's life, Henry VIII disappears and Elizabeth I, paired with a view of London from Westminster Abbey, comes into view on the book's other side.
Ask for Rare DA355 .A5 to see this transformation for yourself.
Posted for Anne Peale '11