RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPIES OF THE PRINCE OF WALES’ BOOK AND THE PRINCE OF WALES’ EASTERN BOOK, PHOTO-ILLUSTRATED WITH HUNDREDS OF IMAGES OF EDWARD IN NORTH AMERICA AND ASIA, WITH THE PRINCE OF WALES’ BOOK BOLDLY SIGNED BY EDWARD AND WITH AN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED LETTER FROM EDWARD TO GENERAL WADE HAYES, HIS MILITARY ESCORT ON HIS AMERICAN TOURWINDSOR, Duke of. The Prince of Wales’ Book. A Pictorial Record of the Voyages of H.M.S. “Renown” 1919-1920. WITH: The Prince of Wales’ Eastern Book. A Pictorial Record of the Voyages of H.M.S. “Renown” 1921-1922. London, New York, Toronto: St. Dunstan’s by Hodder & Stoughton, 1921-22. Two volumes. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter navy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, all edges gilt. $4500.First edition of both of the wonderfully photo-illustrated books chronicling the Prince of Wales’ travels abroad, with the Eastern Book containing a tipped-in letter from Edward’s private secretary apologizing to Colonel Hayes for sending the Eastern Book instead of the Prince of Wales’ Book and promising to find a copy later and also with an autograph letter tipped in written entirely by the Duke of Windsor to his military escort on his American tour reading: “To Colonel Wade H. Hayes 107 U.S. Infantry in remembrance of his visit to England in June 1926 from Edward P. Hon. Col. The Queen’s Westminster & Civil Service Rifles,” and with the Prince of Wales’ Book with a tipped-in letter from Edward’s secretary stating that he has finally found a copy and that it is signed by Edward, handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.These two books chronicle some of the most important State visits of the Prince of Wales during the early part of the 20th century. While The Prince of Wales’ Book deals with his travels within the United States and Canada, The Prince of Wales’ Eastern Book shows Edward in India—then a crucial part of the British Empire—and East Asia. Lushly photo-illustrated, both works offer insight into power and influence across the globe between the World Wars. Bookplates of Wade Hampton Hayes, who retired as a brigadier general in the New York National Guard. A member of a New York City militia, Hayes served under Pershing in the 1917 Mexican border campaign and later in World War I. In addition to his military career, Hayes was both the Sunday editor of the New York Tribune and a financier. Most notably, Hayes served as the Prince of Wales’ military escort when the Prince toured the United States during the early 1920s. For his service, Hayes was elevated to the rank of General. Afterward, Hayes emigrated to England, where he co-founded British Electric and became the Commander of the American Division of the British Home Guard prior to the United States’ entrance into WWII. Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador, attempted to remove his citizenship but failed. However, Hayes was awarded an Order of the British Empire by the King and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in his adopted homeland. These books were given to Hayes by Edward, Prince of Wales, to commemorate his companionship and work as a military escort during Edward’s visit to America. The Prince of Wales’ Eastern Book contains a tipped-in letter from Edward’s secretary Godfrey Thomas, written on St. James’s Palace letterhead, dated June 9. ‘26, which reads: “Dear Colonel Hayes, The Prince of Wales is sorry to find that the picture book of his Canadian & U.S. Tour (1919) is out of print. he is however hoping later on to procure a copy which he will send on to you. In the meantime, knowing it is not of equal interest to you, His Royal Highness would like you to accept the enclosed book of photographs of his Eastern Tour to India, Japan &c. Believe me, Yrs. very truly, Godfrey Thomas.” A second letter, written entirely in the hand of the Prince of Wales is tipped in, which reads: “To Colonel Wade H. Hayes 107th U.S. Infantry in remembrance of his visit to England in 1926 from Edward P. Hon. Col. The Queen’s Westminster & Civil Service Rifles.” The Prince of Wales’ Book, clearly sent along later by the Palace after a copy was procured based on a tipped in letter from the Prince’s secretary, is boldly signed “Edward P” by the Prince of Wales under a photograph of “The Reception at Seventh Regiment Armory, New York,” in which both Hayes and the Prince are shown.Minor foxing to autograph letter by Edward, interiors generally fine, bindings quite nice. A handsome, about-fine presentation set, signed and with a most desirable association.
Prince of Wales' Book. WITH: Prince of Wales' Eastern Book.