Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1953. First edition. Quarto (10 inches tall), original red cloth, gilt spine, blind-stamped front board, original dust wrapper. A near fine copy. Item #1078
"THE DRUMS SHALL BEAT, AND THE TRUMPETS SOUND, AND ALL THE PEOPLE SHOUT, CRYING OUT: GOD SAVE QUEEN ELIZABETH / LONG LIVE QUEEN ELIZABETH / MAY THE QUEEN LIVE FOR EVER" First edition of the Form and Order of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II—printed throughout in red-and-black with a frontispiece illustration of Elizabeth's arms in black. Elizabeth succeeded her father King George VI, who had ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936. At her coronation in June 1953 in Westminster Abbey, the ceremony was televised for the first time. Now the longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth is also the longest-serving female head of state in world history, the world's oldest living monarch, longest-reigning current monarch, and oldest and longest-serving current head of state. The Form and Order consists of 17 parts: I. The Preparation, II. The Entrance into the Church, III. The Recognition, IV. The Oath, V. The Presenting of the Holy Bible, VI. The Beginning of the Communion Service, VII. The Anointing, VIII. The Presenting of the Spurs and Sword, and the Oblation of the said Sword, IX. The Investing with the Armills, the Stole Royal and the Robe Royal; and the Delivery of the Orb, X. The Investiture per Annulum, et per Sceptrum et Baculum, XI. The Putting on of the Crown, XII. The Benediction, XIII. The Inthroning, XIV. The Homage, XV. The Communion, XVI. The Te Deum Laudamus, XVII. The Recess. The concluding leaf prints both verses of the National Anthem: "God Save the Queen." Printed by Brooke Crutchley University Printer at Cambridge University Press.