LIFE OF A FOX.SGND by GEO.V's CHILDREN to SIR R.SEYMOUR
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All Items: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Royal: Pre 1930: item # 292779
|THE LIFE OF A FOX. Written By Himself. By Thomas Smith, Esq. A new Edition With Coloured Plates After H(enry) Alken And Others. And An Introduction By Lord Willoughby De Broke. London: Edward Arnold, 1920. Quarto. Gilt-stamped red boards with gilt-lettered cloth spine. With colored illustrations by Henry Alken, Samuel Howitt and others. Black and white illustrations by Tom Smith (12 illustrations in all). This is an oustanding book with ROYAL PROVENANCE. It is inscribed by the children of KING GEORGE V and QUEEN MARY as a Christmas present to SIR REGINALD HENRY SEYMOUR. It is inscribed on the front flyleaf "to Reggie (the word Reggie is above the word "Major" which is crossed out) Seymour from..." with the signatures and dates underneath by: 1.)MARY (1897-1965, Princess Royal, Viscountess Lascelles & Duchess of Harewood); 2.)EDWARD VIII (1894-1972, with initials as Prince of Wales, King of Great Britain, later the Duke of Windsor); 3.)GEORGE VI (signed Albert - he was affectionately called Bertie by his family,1895-1952),King of Great Britain and father of the present Queen Elizabeth II); 4.)HENRY (1900-1974, Duke of Gloucester); 5.) GEORGE (1902-1942, Duke of Kent). Please see enlargement 3 for inscription. A touching and sentimental example of royal history. It is unusual and rare to find the signatures of two Kings, two Dukes and a Princess all in one volume. The recipient of this volume was Lt.-Col.SIR REGINALD HENRY SEYMOUR (1878-1938) who was EQUERRY to H.M.KING GEORGE V from 1916-1936 and EQUERRY to H.M. QUEEN MARY 1936-1938. Seymour was invested as KNIGHT COMMANDER ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER (K.C.V.O.). He fought and was wounded in the Boer War (1900-1902) where he gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He also fought in World War I. This book has some wear to the covers but is in clean and tight condition internally.|