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Gift Books for Good Causes, 1898 to 1945
compiled by James Havers
A wonderfully illustrated guide to the magical and beautifully produced gift books sold not for profit but for charity. Their heyday was the Edwardian era followed by the First World War, although in this compendium James Havers has included several from the Twenties, Thirties and the Second World War. Back then these books graced our homes, yet in recent years they have been overlooked, and the best-known volumes can be found, often at bargain prices, in today’s second-hand book stores. Others, though, are hard to find.
Yet within the pages of these magnificent volumes are specially-written pieces by leading writers (John Galsworthy, Rudyard Kipling, Arnold Bennett, G K Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle) along with full-page pictures from major artists and illustrators (Edmund Dulac, W Heath Robinson, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, and even ‘society’ artists such as Augustus John, C R W Nevinson, Luke Fildes, Eric Ravilious, John Sargent and Laura Knight). These are just some of the many famous names found in these pages.
Here, for the first time, is a picture-packed guide to these lovely and collectable books.