Limited edition of Britain’s Life-Boats: The Story of a Century of Heroic Service by Major A.J. Dawson, signed by Edward VIII.
Octavo, xiii, 279pp. Cream cloth, illustration in gilt on front cover, title in gilt on spine. Light shelf wear to rear cover. Frontispiece portrait. Numerous full-page illustrations and a large fold-out map at rear. Bookseller’s inventory number on front free endpaper. From a limited edition of 1000 copies signed by Edward VIII, this is number 100. A scarce signed copy from the former British monarch.
This limited edition of 1000 copies was signed by Edward VIII [i.e. Edward Prince of Wales] on the first 100 copies. The remaining 900 were signed by members of the Royal National Life-Boat Institution. The author of this book, Alec John Dawson, was a major during World War I and was awarded the MBE for his work as a military propagandist. As an author, Dawson’s most noteworthy work was the animal adventure story Finn the Wolfhouse, published in 1908.