London, 'Daily Telegraph', 1937.
Large oblong octavo (205 × 300 mm), [iv] (title leaf, index of High Commissioners, both versos blank), [ii] (index of Ambassadors) pages plus 25 mounted gelatin silver portrait photographs (each approximately 150 × 200 mm).
A photograph album in full light blue calf, lettered in gilt on the front cover; leather a little marked, sunned and scuffed, with the front top edge a little abraded in three spots; uncut deckle edges a little dusty or sunned, with a few trifling signs of handling; in very good condition, with the photographs in fine condition (albeit with uniform silvering-out around the thin unprinted borders).
The High Commissioners are: The Honourable Vincent Massey, Canada; The Right Honourable Stanley Bruce, Commonwealth of Australia; W.J. Jordan, New Zealand; C.T. Te Water, Union of South Africa; J.W. Dulanty, Irish Free State; and Sir Firoz Khan Noon, India. The Ambassadors are: Dr Paul Regis de Oliveira, Brazil; Baron de Cartier de Marchienne, Belgium; Dr Manuel E. Malbran, Argentine; Count Grandi, Italy; Ivan Maisky, Soviet Union; Robert Worth Bingham, USA; Charles Corbin, France; Bey Fethi Okyar, Turkey; Count Edouard Raczynski, Poland; Quo Tai-Chi, China; Augustin Edwards, Chile; Shigeru Yoshida, Japan; Pablo de Azcarate, Spain; [Joachim] von Ribbentrop, Germany; Dr Armindo Monteiro, Portugal; and Dr Hafez Afifi Pasha, Egypt. 'In the late 1920s, the photographer John Dixon-Scott became concerned at the way the rural and urban environment of Britain was changing. He drove around the country with his camera intending to preserve through his pictures what he saw as a vanishing landscape, in a photographic project that took him years. The result was a collection of over 14,000 images which in 1946 he sold to the Central Office of Information, the British government's communications agency. Eventually these prints passed into the collections of The National Archives' (NA website). This commissioned album of portraits is unrepresentative of his life's work, which is surely our loss. The title of the album and the subjects in this series, worthy men all, do not, at first glance, suggest that a second glance is called for. But John Dixon-Scott has eschewed the time-honoured formality of the traditional head-and-shoulders treatment, and placed his men of mark in their offices or studies. The results are sublime - they are as much portraits of national character as of individuals. We'll save ourselves the trouble of writing the next thousand words by directing you to look at just two of the results, that of The Right Honourable Stanley Bruce of the Commonwealth of Australia (and her former Prime Minister), and Count Grandi of Italy.