Gill, MacDonald, Frank Brangwyn and Spencer Pryse (illus).
London. Fleetway Press Ltd., 1924.
Color pictographic / pictorial map, color lithographic illustrations including a four panel foldout, pictorial endpapers, 55pp, 16 x 12 inches, color decorative paper covered boards (hardbound). One sheet apparently missing from the front of the volume (behind the front free endpaper), previous owner's signature to title page, repaired split to head of spine, light soiling and wear to covers, corners bumped. Paper label glued to front cover below "Empire" in the title. Good to very good condition. A beautiful production lavishly illustrated with richly colored lithographed illustrations by many famous artists of the day celebrating the rich history of the British Empire and commemorating the "Pageant of Empire" which were historical pageants that were performed at the Empire Stadium (later Wembley Stadium) in 1924 as part of the British Empire Exhibition. Among the richly colored illustrations are "Hong Kong: the Procession of Lanterns," "Singapore: Stamford Raffles' Farewell," and a double page color decorative map by MacDonald Gill "Map of the World in the Time of Cabot." Also present is the four panel foldout lithographic plate by Brangwyn of the pageant (with scenery by Brangwyn) that took place at the British Empire Exhibition. This foldout plate was apparently usually published in the special London and North Eastern Railway edition, along with an additional plate at the front of the book ("The Border Bridge.") Although this copy of the book is not identified on the cover as the special edition, it may have been intended as one: there is evidence that a sheet at the front of the volume has been excised (a plate not called for in the regular edition). Item #52303