A fine limited edition of The World of Antique Toys by Jeffrey Levitt, with presentation box.
Bound in imitation leather with gilt lettering.
With a presentation box.
Limited Edition. No. 3357 of 5000.
With price list included in sleeve to the rear.
As the Introduction states, "This book was written both as a guide to, and a celebration of, the artistry and craftsmanship of the world's greatest toymakers". The work has extensive illustrations.
Jeffrey Levitt, of the Mint and Boxed company, is a controversial figure in the antique toy industry. As The Independent newspaper reported in 1993, "Levitt, 36, built up a childhood obsession that started with Dinky cars into a business that attracted the attention of Hollywood stars such as Richard Gere and Brooke Shields. He won a Queen's Award for Industry and appeared on the Wogan television show as a 'rising businessman putting toys on the map'. However, the apparent glittering success was being funded by an elaborate fraud." Whilst his expertise did not come into question, the money that funded his extravagant lifestyle certainly did. He was jailed for four years in 1993.
The binding is tight and firm. There is almost no wear to the extremities. There is almost no wear to the presentation box. Internally the pages are clean and bright. Overall the condition is fine.