Charles Rolls (1877-1910) founded the car manufacturing firm Rolls Royce with his business partner Henry Royce. He was the first person in England to be killed in an air crash when the tail of his Wright flyer broke off during a flying display when he was 32. Both his elder brothers died in their 40s, unmarried.
His bookplate shows three Rolls-Royce cars and his interest in balooning for which he won a gold medal in 1903 for the longest flight. The motto at the top translates as 'swiftness and truth'. The house is his family home, The Hendre in Monmouthshire.