The Miniature Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House


This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

ISBN: 9781909741577 Category:

Elizabeth Clark Ashby


Featuring a foreword from Her Majesty Queen Camilla, this book is about the exquisite miniature library in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, one of the most beautiful and famous dolls’ houses in the world.

Running the full length of its ground floor is a spellbinding library filled with 300 miniature books and dozens of original paintings. Lining the bookshelves of this miniature Edwardian library are specially produced works by some of the finest authors of the 1920s. From poetry by Thomas Hardy to stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, gardening books to atlases, miniature stamp albums to accurate train timetables, these works represent British aristocratic life and the best examples of art and literature of the time. This book presents the fascinating history of the Dolls’ House Library, including correspondence between its architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, and the authors he commissioned together with Princess Marie Louise; a collection of selected works published for the first time since 1924 and lavish illustrations that capture the charming detail of this delightful little room.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17.2 x 21 cm
Publisher name Royal Collection Trust
Publication date 8 April 2024
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Kate Heard, Kathryn Jones, Emma Stuart, and Sophie Kelly
Dimensions 17.2 x 21 cm
Weight 300 g


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Elizabeth Clark Ashby is Curator of Books and Manuscripts, Royal Collection Trust.