Oct 6, 2006

Touching and ridiculous

Princess Margaret's books are being auctioned off.
Yesterday her books were brutally described by the specialist auction house Bloomsbury as "mainly country house rainy day reading", and boxed up in lots of up to 100 books, estimated at less per volume than the price of a magazine.

Each - even the dogeared Mickey Spillane thriller, a 1963 Corgi paperback, and Barbara Trapido's Temples of Delight, "a shimmering summer read"- carried an elegant book plate, printed: "From the Apartment of HRH the Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, 1930-2002."

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