This large book was prepared by The News of the World to celebrate the life of King Edward VIII through pictures of public visits and dinners, and quotations from his speeches. It covers the period between 1923 and 1935. He became King on the death of his father on 20th January 1936 and abdicated on 11th December 1936, aged 42 y. This book was presumably never published. Copies are uncommon.
The frontispiece is printed separately from the main text, and has plate marks. A copy signed by Blampied has been seen, so it could be considered to be a print.
Henry Hector Bolitho (1897-1974) was a New Zealand author and biographer. He published a biography of the King in 1937 called Edward VIII: His Life and Reign (Eyre & Spottiswode).
First and only edition
Bibliography code: NOW-36.1
Publisher: News of the World
Year: April 1936
Pages: free end paper; frontispiece; title page; foreword; stub; pp 54 not numbered; endword; rear free end paper; endpapers
Binding: Pale brown textured paper with silvered label showing the title on front cover; plain spine and rear cover
Size: 355 x 255 mm
Internal illustrations: frontispiece signed 'Blampied 1936' printed with plate mark 273 x 205 mm, bound in
Price: not known
Printing history: none stated
Printed by: News of the World; A Wardle-Robinson fecit
Notes: The frontispiece has been printed separately and bound in onto a stub.
At the end of the book is a short piece of text, an Endword, on a separate page:
Frontispiece (click to enlarge)