Art: Gift Horses

As limousine after limousine slid up to the canopied portico of Derby House in London's Stratford Place, a red-coated footman intoned the names of the visitors —two dukes, seven earls, eight lords, three ambassadors, the Prime Minister. Within, the host, a book publisher who calls himself "the world's largest," stood graciously receiving his guests.

"What a great occasion!" murmured one eminent personage.

"I do hope you'll like it," the host replied. "Queen Mary came the other day, and seemed to approve." In fact, she had come twice, and, said the host, had firmly expressed a conviction: "This should have been done 50 years...

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