A Book of Verse for Boys.London: David Nutt, 1907 Stock Code: 143884
NotesA handsome copy, from the library of Prince Henry, duke of Gloucester (1900-1974), with a gift inscription to binder's blank "H.R.H. Prince Henry, from his godfather, F.M. Lord Roberts, with warmest wish for many happy returns of the day, and that every possible happiness may be his in years to come. 30th March 1913".
The year of the inscription, the young Duke "went to Eton College, where his housemaster, S. G. Lubbock, found him cheerful and unassuming but lacking in self-confidence. He was the first son of a reigning monarch to attend a regular public school" (ODNB).
The book was offered to him by Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832-1914), "one of the most famous men of his era, immensely admired, a popular imperial hero - celebrated in biographies, verse, pottery, and picture postcards, and featured in early news films - and much honoured with British and foreign orders and honorary degrees, colonelcies, and civic distinctions" (ODNB).
Octavo (191 x 125 mm). Finely bound for Hatchards, Piccadilly, in orange-pink morocco, titles in gilt to spine and front board, raised bands with trefoil motif in blind to boards, single gilt fillet frames to compartments, boards, and turn-ins, blue-grey endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Spine faintly sunned, the binding otherwise sharp, internally crisp; a fine copy.
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