Black Knight. (Lady Munnings). Sir Alfred Munnings (Illustrator) ~ (Association Copy) The Diary Of A Freeman. With loosely Inserted Inscribed cards.
London, Cassell and Co Ltd, 1953 1st Edition
Association Copy. 8vo (196 by 130). Pp.182. Colour frontispiece of 'The Author' from an oil painting by Sir Alfred Munnings. B/W illustrations between p150 &151 and 25 text drawing illustrations by Sir Alfred Munnings. Original black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Pictorial dust jacket (10'6). The book is in very good clean sound condition. The dust jacket has some chipping to the spine edges, and some rubbing along the edges. Small closed tear from front bottom edge.
Tipped-in on the half title page is a newspaper cutting showing Lady Munnings helping her Pekingese, Black Knight, to open a new animal ambulance during a presentation ceremony at the P.D.S.A Sanatorium, Ilford. The ambulance was paid for from the royalties of this book.
Loosely inserted is a Tuck's post card of a Pekingese dog (Black Knight) with a hand written Christmas greeting from 'The Munnings' & 'Black Knight' addressed to a Mr & Mrs Tudor. On page 85 of the book there is an ink note to the top of the page referring to Frederic Edward Tudor, with the page text 'Master of the Haberdashers Company' underlined in ink. All in the same hand.
Also inserted is a charming privately printed Christmas card (152 x 126 mm, japanese vellum) from Sir Alfred and lady Munnings, Castle House, Dedam, Essex, which has a poem by 'Sir Alfred?' on the front cover with lovely floral decoration above and below the poem. On inside page is an ink inscription, across both inside pages in Sir Alfred's? hand, and an original photograph of a Pekingese (Black Knight?) tipped in'. The pose of Black Knight in the photograph is the same as that shown on the front cover of the Dust Jacket. All in very good condition.