San Francisco: Ransohaffs, 1938. Quarter-bound leather. [NON-FICTION] [BRITISH MONARCHY]. One of 200 copies, unnumbered. Folio (13 ½” x 9 ¾”); pp; quarter bound in white goat and natural linen, 4 color wood-engraved printing stamped on the front linen board and again on the page following the title; gilt stamped lettering on spine; cream-colored mould-made paper, deckle edges; age-toning of goat leather on boards, lightly age-toned paper edges, scattered foxing; very good plus. Near fine. Item #1850
One of two hundred copies of this American printing of the speech of King Edward VIII of England abdicating the throne, this one embellished by the wood-engraved art of Mallette Dean (1907-1975) for the Grabhorn Press of San Francisco. King Edward left the throne of England to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Along with the King’s speech is the sympathetic sentiments of the writer, William Saroyan (1908-1981).
The lovely color wood-engraving of the Coat of Arms of the Duke of Windsor, the title the former King received after his abdication, appears on the front board and again on the first page following the title page.