1914 King Albert's Book: A Tribute to the Belgian King and People from Representative Men and Women throughout the World
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
An extraordinary volume comprising various tributes by noted authors, artists, and social figures for the King of Belgium and its people.
This charming book was released in occasion of the German invasion of the small country to honour Belgium's courage.
Edited by Hall Caine, who introduces it, it brought together princes, statesmen, authors, artists, composers and religious leaders to write long or short paragraphs, poems, or musical pieces as symbol of support and as a reaction.
Contributors include Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Rackham, and many others.
The money raised from its sales went to The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund; The book is an extraordinary snapshot of the passions aroused by Germany’s invasion of neutral Belgium.
Illustrated with eighteen plates both in colour and in black and white, one of which by Arthur Rackham.
In the original publisher's cream cloth binding. Externally smart with slight shelf wear and a minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine. The cloth to spine has slightly darkened. With a minor mark to the front board. Inscribed by a previous owner to the front pastedown. Internally, the first few leaves are slightly loose but firm, otherwise the binding is firm With a minor faint scattered spotting. Illustrated with eighteen plates, one of which by Arthur Rackham. Frank Dicksee 'Resurgam' plate loose but present.
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