Category: Children's / Illustrated



Publisher's original red cloth with titles in gilt and black to the upper board and spine. Illustrated with 20 tipped-in colour plates by Frank Reynolds with captioned tissue guards. A very good copy indeed, the spine a little faded otherwise the binding is clean, square and tight. The contents are complete with a few foxing spots to the margins throughout and a small tear at the gutter of the front free endpaper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "John Rogers Esq O.B.E. / A tiny gift to a great heart / from your grateful subordinate / [signature illegible] / Xmas 1926" underneath which is written in the same hand "True happiness / Consists not in the multitude of friends, / but in their work and choice. / (Ben Jonson) / [underlined] / Life is a piece of paper white, / Whereon each one of us may write, / His word or two, and then comes - night / (Lowell)".




Provenance: From the library of The Right Honourable, The Baroness Thatcher LG OM PC FRS. Prime Minister of The United Kingdom 1979 - 1990. [Bonhams Auctioneers, Oxford 25 June 2014 Lot 495 on behalf of St. Mary's Church, Herriard]. The recipient would appear to be the chemist and industrialist, John Rogers (18781975) who at the time of presentation was an executive director at ICI. He played a considerable role in the technical development of ICI between 1926 and 1939 and was chairman of the ICI Research Council from 1927 until 1939. He retired from ICI in 1953. (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Margaret Thatcher was originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister and MP. She did apply for a job at ICI, the application apparently rejected after the personnel described her as "headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated".