Legion Book 1929: with Churchill’s Signature

Posted on Jan 21, 2018

THE LEGION BOOK, 1929
ONE OF 100 COPIES FOR DISTRIBUTION BY THE PRINCE OF WALES (future King Edward VIII)

Minchin (Captain H. Cotton, editor). The Legion Book, First Edition, with a copperplate title page vignette by Stephen Gooden, a portrait frontispiece of King George V, 19 illustrations in the text, and 32 collotype plates, some in color, 4to. Original full white pigskin binding, decorated in gilt and blind tooling after a design by Charles Ricketts. Top edge gilt, preserved in the original red buckram clamshell box, also comes within a custom quarter red morocco book like clam-shell box with raised bands and gilt title on the spine, privately printed at the Curwen Press 1929. 

 

 

 

 

The Legion Book in full white pigskin decorated in gilt and blind tooling after a design by Charles Rickett

The Legion Book in full white pigskin decorated in gilt and blind tooling after a design by Charles Rickett

 

 

Full length view of spine of The Legion book in full white pigskin

Full length view of spine of The Legion book in full white pigskin

 

custom quarter red morocco book like clam-shell box with raised bands and gilt title on the spine

Custom quarter red morocco book like clam-shell box with raised bands and gilt title on the spine protects The Legion Book

The edition was limited to 100 numbered copies finely printed on hand made paper at the Curwen Press. None of the copies were for sale, they were made as gifts from the Prince of Wales. This is copy no. 73.

This magnificent work was dedicated to the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) who was patron of the British Legion, and published in aid of the Legion, contains superb illustrations, articles, stories and poems by leading artists and writers of the day.

 

Most of the literary and artistic contributions in this volume appeared nowhere else. The 100 hundred copies were only for presentation by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII). Apart from the superb illustrations by prominent artists there are 33 articles, stories and poems by leading writers of the day. It is signed by more than 80 of the contributors including Winston Churchill whose contribution is a two page essay about Field Marshal Earl Haig.

Minchin collected a remarkable group of well-knowns to contribute to and sign the book including the following authors, artists, Prime Ministers, the French President and the future King of England, H. R. H. The Prince of Wales:

Authors Artists Prime Ministers French President Future King Edward VIII
Winston Churchill Edward Bawden David Lloyd George George Clemenceau H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
Rudyard Kipling Eric Gill Stanley Baldwin    
P.G. Wodehouse Eric Kennington Ramsey MacDonald    
Aldous Huxley William Nicolson      
Edith Sitwell John Sargent      
Vita Sackville-West Clare Leighton      
Edmund Blunden Eric Ravilious      
A.E. Coppard Stephen Gooden      
Walter de la Mare David Low      
John Galsworthy Laura Riding      
G.K. Chesterton William Rothenstein      
Rebecca West John Nash      

 

Needless to say, this book does not come on the market very often but I have seen 5 or 6 in my 30+ years of collecting so they are out there; more readily available are copies of the limited edition of 500 unsigned copies in a red buckram binding and also the trade edition.

A FINE BRIGHT COPY OF A MOST LAVISH PRODUCTION

Woods  B12(a)   Cohen B38.1

Estimated value $22,000

Spine of custom quarter red morocco book like clam-shell box with raised bands specially constructed to house and preserve The Legion Book. Letting in gilt

Spine of the custom quarter red morocco book like clam-shell box with raised bands and gilt title to preserve The Legion Book

 

Spine of The Legion Book in Original full white pigskin binding, decorated in gilt and blind tooling

Original full white pigskin binding, decorated in gilt and blind tooling

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