Fasti Etonenses; A Biographical History of Eton
1899, owned by Maurice Blake, the first man from Welwyn to be killed in the Great War
First edition. Hardback, full leather binding. The boards in Cambridge-style panelled calf, the spine with five raised bands, gilt decoration and contrasting title label. All edges gilt. 22 × 14cm, 536pp.
This copy was given to an Eton pupil on his leaving the school. The book was presented to Maurice F Blake by his tutor Lionel Ford. Maurice Frederick Blake was from Danesbury, Welwyn in Herfordshire. On the outbreak of the Great War, Blake was an officer in the 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. On August 28th, 1914, he announced his engagement to Miss Mary Frances Bullen. He sailed to France and in early September 1914 the 2nd Battalion was involved in the Battle of the Aisne. After the battle, he was posted as missing, then wounded and missing, and it was not until March 1915 he was reported as killed in action. He was the first Welwyn man to be lost in the First World War.
A study of people connected with Eton College from the time of Henry IV in the fifteenth century through to the late 1890s. Illustrated throughout with portraits.
This is an attractive book but the joints are weak (but not detached) and the spine is scuffed and rather dry leading to some flaking of the leather. The boards are in very good condition with light rubbing and bumping to the boards. The inner binding is secure, the pages clean but foxed to the prelims.