"WHEN THE HAMMER IS STILL, EVERYONE IN GLASGOW NEED FEEL SOME APPREHENSION": Finely Bound first edition of History of the Hammermen of Glasgow; dedicated to edward, prince of wales
History of the Hammermen of Glasgow: A Study Typical of Scottish Craft Life and Organization.
Lumsden, Harry and Rev. P. Henderson Aitken.$2,000.00
Item Number: 35018
London: Alexander Gardner, Paisley, 1912.
First edition with calligraphic dedication page to Edward, Prince of Wales bound in, “Presented by The Master Court of the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow To His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales on the occasion of his admission as an Honorary Member of the Incorporation. 9th, March 1921.” From the library of Edward, Duke of Windsor with Sotheby’s sale label, “The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, September 11 – 19, 1997.” Full red morocco by Maclehose of Glasgow with morocco turn-ins gilt. Gilt insignia to front panel, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very fine condition.
History of the Hammermen of Glasgow offers a history of the Scottish craft throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including the guild's foundation, management, systems, and financing as well as insight into the daily life of a master of the craft. Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom from January 1936 until his abdication in December the same year. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to Wallis Simpson, an American who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. When it became apparent that he could not marry Wallis and remain on the throne, Edward abdicated. He was succeeded by his younger brother, George VI. With a reign of 326 days, Edward was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history.