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MAY William Henry
Memoirs written by Admiral of the Fleet Sir William Henry May GCB GCVO 1863 1930 The illustrations are reproduced from miniatures by Harold Wyllie Epilogue written by Alexa Bourne May
First edition. 27 photographic illustrations pasted into text. Original blue morocco, gilt stamped title and device to upper board, a.e.g. Marbled endpapers. Boards slightly bowed, very light foxing to first few pages, very good. [6], 100pp. London and Beccles, printed for private circulation by William Clowes and Sons, n.d. [c.1930]. [WITH:] 'Certificate for Wounds and Hurts'. Printed blank document completed in ink, parchment, 240 by 250mm. Signed by Captain G. S. Nares, Commander A. H. Markham and Fleet Surgeon Thomas Colan. Old folds. Dated 7th September 1876. The document certifies that Lieutenant W. H. May: "was injured on board her Majesty's ship "Alert" by being frostbitten in the left great toe (which necessitated amputation of the last and part of the first phalanx on the 11th of November) while away sledging and belonging to the command of the sledge "Hercules" [...] between latitudes 82° & 83° N." [AND:] 12 cartes de visites photographs of William Henry May from boyhood to middle age. Plus 3 additional carte de visite photographs of unidentified persons, and 1 bearing a photographically reproduced newspaper marriage notice. [AND:] Typed letter on Department of the Interior Canada Natural Resources Intelligence Service letterhead. Addressed to Admiral May, on behalf of F.C.C. Lynch. 1pp. Ottawa, Feb, 1925. Concerning (and with a silver gelatine print photograph of) a leather case with Queen Victoria's monogram in gold, recovered in the Arctic, believed to be a relic from the Nares expedition. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd. [U.K.]

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