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The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire.


The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire. The Register of the names of those who fell in the 1939-1945 War and have no known Grave. The East Africa Memorial Nairobi. Part I [-Part II].

Photographic frontispiece and a map.

Two parts bound together. 4to. [265 x 202 x 12 mm]. xix, [i ], 99, [1] pp. Bound by Roger Powell in 1956 (signed in blind on the rear turn-in) in scarlet oasis goatskin, the covers lettered in gilt and with the dates encircled by a repeated impression of a flower-head. Smooth spine lettered upwards in gilt, plain endleaves, top edge sprinkled. (The front cover slightly marked, the edges a little foxed).
London: By Order of the The Imperial War Graves Commission, 1955.

This is one of a number of bindings undertaken by Roger Powell for the Imperial War Graves Commission. He bound two copies of the East Africa Memorial, both in scarlet oasis, and gave it a job number 405. His work book indicates that "P.F." spent 35 hours on the job, and Powell himself four. They charged their time out at £19.10.0, the materials cost £2.0.0., and they added £5.7.6 (for the design?), making a total of £26.17.6. They then invoiced the Commission for £27.10. Not an inconsiderable sum. But the binding does display some of Powell's characteristic features - French joints, a reliance on lettering for decoration and plain endleaves.

Booklabel of Humphrey Winterton.

Stock no. ebc3026

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